Top doctor reviewing plan to lift Nova Scotia’s mask mandate – CBC

Dr. Robert Strang says he’ll make a recommendation to government next week

Sep 23, 2021

Nova Scotia is still on track to enter Phase 5 of its reopening plan on Oct. 4, but a mask mandate could remain in effect beyond that date.

The original plan for Phase 5 was to lift most remaining public health restrictions, including the mask mandate and gathering limits. But as a fourth wave takes grip in parts of Canada, the chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia said he’s reviewing plans around masking.

“That is a key issue that I’ve asked my public health team to look at carefully,” Dr. Robert Strang said in an interview.

Over the past several weeks, provinces that had previously lifted mask mandates have been reinstating them, including, most recently, New Brunswick.

Strang said he would make a recommendation on masking based on the latest epidemiology to Premier Tim Houston next week.

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