Ontario lifts mask mandates in most spaces, but it’s no ‘light switch’ for pre-pandemic life, expert says – CBC

Province reports 551 COVID-19 hospitalizations with 181 in intensive care on Monday

Mar 21, 2022

Ontario has lifted its masking requirements in most indoor settings including in schools, restaurants, gyms and stores as the province reported 551 COVID-19 hospitalizations and four more deaths on Monday.

The change comes a few weeks after the province lifted proof-of-vaccination rules and capacity limits.

Provincial politicians and top health officials say public health indicators have improved enough to remove mask rules, which have also been lifted in other jurisdictions across Canada and elsewhere around the world.

Premier Doug Ford has said he plans to keep wearing a mask in the provincial legislature “for the first few days” after the mandate lifts, stressing that people should be allowed to keep wearing masks if they want to.

Masks still mandatory in some settings
Select settings such as public transit, health-care facilities, long-term care homes and congregate care settings will keep mask mandates until the end of April, when the province plans to put an end to all remaining public health rules.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid19-ont-masks-march-21-2022-1.6385293

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