Beginning Monday, Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) will require all patients and visitors to wear cloth masks.

Officials with Mayo reported that the decision was based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Mayo Clinic experts. Patients and visitors are “highly encouraged” to bring their own cloth masks but will be provided one if necessary.

MCHS stated that patients and visitors will see staff providing direct patient care wearing surgical masks. Additional personal protective equipment will be worn in some areas. Staff working in non-patient care areas also may be wearing masks.

Visitor restrictions also remain in place until further notice with few exceptions.