Mask mandates have ended for most indoor settings today, March 21, 2022.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore made the announcement at Queen’s Park earlier in March.
“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.”
Masks are no longer be required in schools, restaurants and bars, gyms and movie theatres across the province.
The government said individuals can continue to wear a mask after that date if they choose to do so.
On March 14, mandatory vaccination policies for employees at schools, child-care settings, hospitals and long-term care homes also ended.
Masks and face coverings will still be required in places like public transit, long-term care homes, health-care settings and shelters until April 27 — after which the requirement will end in those settings as well.
Additionally, the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA), which allows the government to issue public health directives at the provincial level, will expire on March 28. A final extension of all the emergency orders in place under the ROA will be in effect for 30 days after that date.
At a separate news conference Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said that the choice to wear a mask beyond March 21 will be a personal one.
“It’s going to be up to the people of Ontario, if you want to keep the mask on, keep it on,” Ford said. “If you want to take it off, take it off. But we have to move forward from this, people are exhausted and the poor kids in those classrooms too. Like we got to move on.”
For more information on masks in Niagara Region, visit the website HERE.