Ontario’s COVID-19 mask mandate has lifted for most settings in the province.
As of Monday, individuals are no longer required by the province to wear a mask, except for in certain settings including public transit, long-term care and retirement homes, congregate care and living facilities, homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, other health-care settings, shelters, and jails.
Masking requirements have also been lifted in schools, as has cohorting.
Individuals can still wear a mask if they choose to.
Premier Doug Ford tweeted Monday morning calling the day “an important milestone in our fight with COVID.”
“Thanks to your hard work, sacrifice and willingness to rise to the occasion, Ontario is now at a place where we can safely remove the mask mandate in most settings,” Ford’s tweet continued. “Please be kind, safe & cautious.”
Also as of Monday, regulatory requirements for businesses have been removed, including passive screening and safety plans.
The government announced the move to ease the measures earlier this month in their “Living with and Managing COVID-19” plan.
All provincial COVID-19 measures are expected to be lifted by the end of April.