CDPH released new mask guidance that took effect on April 3, 2023. Face coverings are no longer required in most locations, except as required by local jurisdictions and by individual health facilities who have developed their policy based on community, patient population and other considerations. The information below is provided for those dental practices subject to local masking orders or who have implemented mask-required policies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance regarding individuals who could be exempt from wearing a face covering, including people who have:
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not have any rules that specifically address face coverings in public; however, under Title III of the act, businesses must still consider reasonable modifications for people with disabilities.
If a patient requests an accommodation for a disability that is not obvious, providers are permitted to request medical documentation. If the patient’s disability is apparent, additional information should only be requested if necessary.
Practice owners should ensure that staff is trained in assisting patients who request reasonable accommodations based on what the practice is able to provide.
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