Hospital mask mandates will soon be lifted, says Health P.E.I. – CBC

‘We honestly need to move to a post-pandemic point,’ says CEO of Health P.E.I.

Apr 17, 2023

Health P.E.I. says it plans to follow the lead of other Canadian provinces and drop the requirement for mandatory masking at health-care facilities.

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic three years ago, staff and visitors entering Prince Edward Island hospitals and other health-care facilities have been required to wear masks at all times.

But that will soon change.

“We know that people have had lots of vaccine, there’s been lots of natural infection, immunity is quite high, and we honestly need to move to a post-pandemic point,” said Health P.E.I. CEO Dr. Michael Gardam.

Masks have helped protect people from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, Gardam said, but they have their drawbacks, too.

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