Government has no plans to bring back federal mask mandate, Trudeau says – CBC

PM says federal mask requirement not enough on its own to stop wave of viral infections

Dec 23, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is not looking at bringing back a federal mask mandate.

The federal government ended mandatory masking for federally regulated industries, such as air and train transportation, in October 2022 — but it still encourages masking in public indoor settings.

Some health experts have been calling for a return to mandatory masking as hospital emergency rooms deal with a surge of viral infections, including COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

In a year-end interview with CBC News Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton, Trudeau said a federal mask mandate alone would have little effect compared to public health measures the provinces could introduce.

“The federal mask mandate was on federally-regulated industries. That is, particularly, planes and trains and those sorts of things,” Trudeau said.

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