Ontario’s chief medical officer goes against his own advice by not wearing a mask at an indoor party

Days after saying he “strongly recommends” wearing masks indoors, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer for Health was spotted not wearing a mask at an indoor party.

Dr. Kieran Moore was at a party for the “50 Most Influential People” of local magazine Toronto Life’s 2022 list. he was ranked 12th To “keep COVID under control”. Photo Moore, who has been circulating online, was found standing among a group of people at a party who were all not wearing masks.

Moore recommended indoor masking. Press conference on November 14warned of the combined threat of COVID-19, seasonal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza, contributing to an increase in hospitalizations for sick children, he said. , called on adult residents to wear masks, citing the need to protect children under the age of four, whom he said were the most vulnerable.

“In response to deteriorating trends and existing challenges to our healthcare system, we strongly encourage all Ontarians, not just those at high risk, to wear masks indoors and in public. And very old,” he said.

Moore reiterated recommendations for masking letter to parents and guardians. The date of the letter is November 17, the same as his party at Toronto Life.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said: CTV news In a November 18 statement, Moore “like all Ontarians” assesses the risks of each situation “including private events.”

“He will screen daily for symptoms of respiratory infections, practice good hand hygiene, stay up-to-date on vaccinations, wear a mask when necessary, and practice social distancing when possible. We have taken many protective measures,” the statement said.

The Epoch Times reached out to Ontario Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sylvia Jones for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

personal choice

Jones said masking was a “personal choice” and defended members of the Progressive Conservative Party, including Prime Minister Doug Ford, who did not wear masks in state legislatures.

“Individual choice matters here and we should not make judgments about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask,” she told reporters outside parliament on Nov. 16.

Ford echoed Jones’ remark that masks were a ‘personal choice’ Press conference November 18, Timmins, Ontario.

“If you’re around vulnerable people, if you’re around young people, that’s going to be your choice…that’s what happens,” the prime minister said.

“It’s people in Ontario. They’ve been through this for two and a half years … They know if they need masks or if they don’t. It’s up to them.”

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.