As Haldimand hospitals prepare to slowly resume elective surgeries and other individuals have to enter the buildings for various reasons, everyone is being told that they must don a mask as part of the coronavirus containment response.

“Emergency patients, outpatients coming to the hospital for pre-booked urgent procedures and essential visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in hospital,” says a press release issued on behalf of long-term care facility Edgewater Gardens and Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville.

“It makes sense,” the Dunnville hospital CEO says.

Meanwile, all emergency dept. patients, outpatients and essential visitors entering the West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville will be required to wear a mask, which will be provided at the screening desk.

Anyone arriving already wearing a mask will be requested to use the mask the hospital provides.

Patients will be screened prior to entering the ED so that appropriate precautions can be taken. Patients should continue to practice social distancing and wash their hands while in the waiting room. Patients cannot have anyone accompany them into the hospital (except for the parent/guardian of a child).