Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, said the state has taken most of the COVID-19 mask obligations remaining this Saturday, including those that require masks to be worn during public transport and hospital visits. It says that it will be released.
and statement Released on June 8, Moore said most of Ontario’s masking rules “will expire from 12:00 am on June 11, 2022.”
The order was to end on April 27, but was extended to June after the state stated on April 22 that it was dealing with the “sixth wave” of the then pandemic.
Moore said Wednesday that orders will close on June 11 in most settings due to improved conditions in COVID-19 in Ontario and higher vaccination rates.
He added that masks are still needed in long-term care facilities and retirement homes to “continue to provide additional protection to the most vulnerable people.”
He recommended masking to continue in apartments such as shelters and group homes, although not required.
Moore said the organization may implement its own policies while the Maskman date expires.
“Ontario citizens feel they are fit, are at high risk of serious illness, have recovered from COVID-19, have viral symptoms, or are in close contact with COVID-19. If so, you should continue to wear the mask. “
The remaining mask directives for healthcare professionals will also be revoked on Saturday and replaced with guidance issued by the Ministry of Health.
“This includes guidance on when to wear a mask in hospitals and other medical settings,” Moore said.
Some hospitals announced on June 8 that they would continue their masking policy.
A spokesman for Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor said the hospital “continues its mask obligations, including the requirement to always wear a mask at our hospital.”
Two other hospitals in the region, Windsor Community Hospital and Ellishores Healthcare, said they would maintain masking rules for all visitors, staff, and most patients.
The University Health Network and Hospital Forsick Children in Toronto said the same thing.
The Toronto Transit Commission, which operates public transport in Ontario’s most populous city, continues to require masks for Wheel-Trans accessible transportation staff and customers, and riders on a wider system. Said that it is still highly recommended.
Canadian Press contributed to this report.