Peninsula Regional Health System announced that neck gaiters and bandanas will no longer be allowed as face coverings by patients, visitors, staff and the limited number of contractors allowed access at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford and other locations.
Recent research has found that certain cloth face coverings, like neck gaiters and bandanas, have been found to be less effective in the containment of the droplets from person to person, a release stated.
Bandanas and masks with vents have already been banned by a number of airlines.
Patients scheduled for procedures/testing/appointments and approved visitors and contractors are encouraged to bring and wear their own surgical or cloth mask to gain access to all Peninsula Regional Health System locations. Approved masks must be worn for the duration of the stay. Those who refuse to wear a cloth or surgical mask or remove them once past the screening point will be asked to exit the facility.