October 2, 2022
Future of mask mandates in Ontario's high-risk settings remains murky as some experts urge province to keep them in ...

The Ontario government has so far kept mask mandates in high-risk indoor settings, including on transit, in hospitals and long-term care homes. Most of those mandates were initially set to expire April 27, but were extended again until June 11 — this Saturday.

With just days to go until COVID-19 mask mandates are set to expire in high-risk indoor settings in Ontario, it remains unclear whether the province plans to extend them or leave it up to individual institutions and local governments to do so.

One Ottawa hospital, Queensway Carleton, said it will continue to require masks if the provincial mandate ends. The Ottawa Hospital said it would evaluate further “to make sure we do what is best for our patients.”

The Ontario government lifted most mandates in March — a move that many say contributed to a spike in COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and deaths across the province this spring. But it kept mask mandates in high-risk indoor settings, including on transit, in hospitals and long-term care homes. Most of those mandates were initially set to expire April 27, but were extended again until June 11 — this Saturday.

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