Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday March 10, 2022
Ontario to drop most mask mandates on March 21, remaining pandemic rules to lift by end of April
Ontario will scrap most mask mandates — including in schools, restaurants, gyms and stores — across the province on March 21, with remaining COVID-19 regulations also set to drop by the end of April.
The province says improving health indicators, such as a stable COVID-19 test positivity rate and declining hospitalizations, as well as Ontario’s high vaccination rate and the availability of antiviral treatments, allow for these steps.
The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, announced the new changes Wednesday.
“We are now learning to live with and manage COVID-19 for the long term,” Moore said. “This necessitates a shift to a more balanced response to the pandemic.”
However, Moore said removing the mask mandate “does not mean the risk is gone” or the pandemic is over.