As of today – Monday, March 21st – the Ontario government is lifting provincial mask mandates in the majority of indoor public settings.
This means that individuals may elect not to wear a mask in spaces like grocery stores, pharmacies, retail, restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theatres, concert venues, live theatres, and more.
Face masks will no longer be required in schools, retail settings and most other indoor public spaces in Ontario beginning today.
Masks will still be required in public transit, health-care facilities and long-term care homes. https://t.co/4RAOEzwaIp
— CBC News (@CBCNews) March 21, 2022
That said, mask-wearing is still strongly recommended for the province’s residents as a straightforward, communal protective measure in these settings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Ontario.
Masks are still required in some limited settings for the time being, including long-term care facilities, healthcare facilities, public transit, and congregate care settings.
Businesses may also individually elect to require masks in their facilities for the foreseeable future. Some spots in Hamilton have publicly announced their plans to do so, including Arcana Salon by the corner of James North and Cannon as well as Gravity Climbing Gym on Frid Street.
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has also been in the news recently for its decision to continue with their masking policy until April 1st despite government directives, in an effort to provide space after the March Break holiday and hopefully avoid a spike of cases in local public schools.
Ultimately, public health protections like masks are a simple step we can take to keep COVID-19’s community prevalence as low as possible as we collectively move forward through the pandemic.
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