An Update on South Shore Health’s COVID-19 Precautions

The state of Massachusetts lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency on June 15, 2021, a sign that the state continues to see COVID-19 numbers trend in the right direction.

As part of our commitment to the safety of our patients and colleagues, we understand that we must remain vigilant against COVID-19.

With mask policies relaxed across the state, many patients and visitors have had questions about the COVID-19 precautions in place at South Shore Health facilities.

Below, you can find information on COVID-19 precaution policies for various patient and visitor populations across the health system.

These policies are effective June 15, 2021.

For the latest information on visitor policies across South Shore Health, including at South Shore Hospital, please click here.

South Shore Health Care Providers

Care providers at all South Shore Health locations, including South Shore Hospital and South Shore Medical Center, will continue to wear a mask (and any other appropriate PPE) during all patient interactions.

This policy applies to all care providers, regardless of vaccination status.

Inpatients at South Shore Hospital

Hospitalized patients will be asked to wear masks when leaving their rooms or when their care provider is within six feet, provided that wearing a mask is medically tolerable.

Visitors and Patient Support Persons

All visitors and patient support persons are required to wear a mask and socially distance when visiting a South Shore Health facility, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks may be removed while eating or drinking in approved locations.

Patients at South Shore Health Ambulatory Care Sites

Patients are required to wear face masks at all times when visiting a South Shore Health ambulatory care site, regardless of vaccination status.

We encourage social distancing in common areas when possible (including waiting rooms), but it is no longer required.

South Shore Hospital Cafeteria

The South Shore Hospital cafeteria will be open to visitors for to-go meals only. 

The Emerson Lobby Café, located just inside the McKim Family Main Entrance, is open for visitors as well.


For the latest details on COVID-19 in Massachusetts, please visit the state’s website