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Nurse practitioners able to sign off on mask exemption

May 13, 2021

Masks are a critical public health measure that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only in certain circumstances are individuals exempt from wearing a mask in indoor public settings.


CMOH 
Ministerial Order 22-2021 states that starting May 13, anyone wishing to verify that they have a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask will require a  medical exception letter from a health professional. 

The medical exception letter must come from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist. 

The medical exception letter may be presented when in a public setting, if requested by enforcement officials or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.  

This change is not meant to punish people unfairly; it’s meant to ensure anyone who is capable of wearing a mask complies with a public health measure intended to keep us all safe.