Quebec, P.E.I. extend mask mandates to prevent spread of COVID-19
Quebec and Prince Edward Island have extended their provincial mask mandates until later this month as they try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Interim public health director Dr. Luc Boileau told reporters today in Quebec City he extended a masking recommendation until the end of the month due to the rise of infections and hospitalizations across the province.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has said that a resurgence of COVID-19 could be possible this spring and fall across the country.
P.E.I. will lift many public health measures at midnight, but has decided to keep its mask mandate until April 28.
Dr. Heather Morrison, chief public health officer for P.E.I., says cases there are not growing as sharply as other jurisdictions, which could be attributed to the gradual easing of public health measures and the fact that masks are still mandatory.
In Ottawa, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization says provinces and territories should prepare to start offering fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks.