SOUTH DUNDAS – The Ontario government most of its mask mandates June 11 as provincial COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Keiran Moore made the announcement June 8.
Mandatory face masking requirements were lifted for public transit and in hospitals and medical clinics.
Instead of masking requirements, Moore said that recommendations for wearing a face mask will be issued.
“While masking requirements are expiring, organizations may implement their own policies,” Moore said. “Ontarians should continue to wear a mask if they feel it is right for them, are at high risk for severe illness, recovering from COVID-19, have symptoms of the virus or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.”
He continued by saying Ontarians following public health measures and getting vaccinated has contributed to the fight against COVID-19. “However, I want to remind Ontarians to stay home when sick and, most importantly, get vaccinated and boosted if eligible,” he said. “Staying up to date with vaccination is the best protection against severe outcomes and will help us maintain the progress we have made.”
Following Moore’s announcement, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Cornwall Community Hospital and St. Lawrence Medical Clinic each instituted face mask wearing policies.
The province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table recommended keeping mask mandates in place for medical facilities, a recommendation not accepted by the government.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader