With summer unofficially underway, New Jersey residents are taking advantage of lifted pandemic restrictions — but in health care settings, steps to prevent coronavirus spread remain crucial.

New Jersey lifted its mask mandates in most settings almost three months ago. While most area businesses and many schools have jettisoned their masking requirements, New Jersey hospitals still have their own set of policies in place.

Several area hospitals contacted by The Press of Atlantic City — including AtlantiCare, Cape Regional Health System, Shore Medical Center and Inspira Health Medical Group — described their masking policies and discussed how they believed they were needed to keep patients and health care workers safe. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.