BREAKING: Ottawa Hospital reinstates mask mandate amid new Covid scare

Masks will not be required in non-clinical areas, such as meeting rooms and cafeterias.

On Wednesday, The Ottawa Hospital announced that masks will soon be mandatory in certain locations.

Under the new rules, which are set to go into effect on Monday, September 11, approved face coverings must be worn in all clinical areas and waiting rooms, including inpatient units, patient rooms, nursing stations, and ambulatory care areas. Masks will not be required in non-clinical areas, such as meeting rooms and cafeterias.

In a statement, the hospital cited the looming "respiratory virus season" as justification for bringing back the mandates.

As summer gives way to fall and winter, experts have warned that vulnerable populations may be impacted by a "tripledemic" of Covid, influenza, and RSV.

A number of other hospitals in the area have already implemented similar measures.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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