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Ontario to drop vaccine requirements as of March 1, masks will remain

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February 14, 2022
By OHS Canada

Compliance & Enforcement Health & Safety Human Resources COVID-19 ontario

Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve, according to a Feb. 14 news release from the provincial government.

This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings as of March 1.

Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination.

Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local context and conditions.


“Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians to help blunt the transmission of Omicron, our health care indicators suggest a general improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the province,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“We are now in a position to lift more public health measures, but it is important to stay vigilant, as we don’t want to cause any further disruption to people’s everyday lives. We must continue to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities by following the measures in place and by vaccinating those who have not yet received their doses.”

Full details available here.


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