Masking Guidance

Following the expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, UI Health will balance the health benefits and social impact of masking in the care space. We encourage masking as a preventative measure and will ensure masks are available to anyone who requests one.

Effective Monday, Feb. 12, masking at UI Health is recommended but no longer required for staff, patients, and visitors. 

Masking is:

  • RECOMMENDED in the following settings:
    • Public spaces and corridors
    • For routine clinical care
    • Emergency Department
    • Critical Care Units
    • Settings or locations where patients are likely to be immunosuppressed
  • Required in the following scenarios:
    • Transmission-based isolation
    • Individuals with respiratory illness symptoms
    • If a patient requests that their care team or others entering their room wear a mask
    • Staff who return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 are required to wear a mask through day 10 from onset of illness