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In Ontario, a timeline for lifting all COVID-19 measures will be released soon

In Ontario, a timeline for lifting all COVID-19 measures is expected to be released

Key Takeaways:

  • A timeline for trying to lift all COVID-19 limitations in Ontario will be announced soon, as per the province’s top doctor.
  • Most public health measures are predicted to be lifted by March 14, as per the current govt timeline.

According to Ontario’s top doctor, a timeline for lifting all COVID-19 restrictions in the province will be announced soon.

During a COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday, Dr. Kieran Moore was asked if the public can predict an announcement shortly on when measures like masking and the proof of vaccination system will be lifted.

“We’ll be reviewing the evidence, and the evidence shows that we’re making remarkable progress in all of the key metrics in Ontario,” Moore said. “This forces us to review all public health measures in play.”

“None of them are expected to stay in play for any longer than they need to and/or provide a benefit to Ontarians.” So we’re heading to go over all of them in the coming days and expect to make recommendations to the govt as early as next week.”

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Moore stated that Ontarians will have “greater clarity” about the processes that will be implemented as well as the timelines for the removal of “all public health measures.”

He said it would be done “gradually and cautiously,” as Ontario’s approach has.

According to the current government timeline, the majority of public health measures are expected to be lifted by March 14. Some limitations, such as masking and evidence of vaccination, have yet to be lifted, and no date has been set.

According to a previous plan released in the fall, the government had planned to lift masking and the proof of vaccination system by the end of March. After a spike in COVID cases, the plan was shelved.

Moore also hinted that the present timeline could be accelerated due to improving COVID-19 trends, though he stressed that the government’s decision on lifting restrictions is final.

“I assume the govt wants and will review timeframes, and all public health measures, such as when we remove proof of immunization and masking in certain venues,” he said.

More capacity restrictions will be eased on February 21, and all capacity limits will be lifted on March 14, among many other changes.

In Ontario, a timeline for lifting all COVID-19 measures is expected to be released
In Ontario, a timeline for lifting all COVID-19 measures is expected to be released. Image from CBC News

Moore stated that even if mask mandates are eventually raised for certain venues, they will most likely remain in place in schools and some public settings, such as transit, for some time.

The COVID-19 situation in Ontario today, according to Moore, is “different” than it was when proof of immunization and masking requirements were first implemented.

“With this in mind, we’re reviewing the plan to see when we can suggest to the government what additional measures can be eased,” he said.

“This includes maintaining our masks on for a while longer and planning for when proof of immunization can be discontinued in the population with high vaccine coverage.” This and other initiatives would be considered in conjunction with the removal of other restrictions and the continued health and safety measures in public places.”

Moore stated that all decisions made in the coming days and weeks will be based on “the best evidence.”

“These discussions are ongoing,” he said, adding that “we will have more to say in the coming days.”

His remarks came just one day after Health Minister Christine Elliott stated that there are “no plans” to eliminate the proof of vaccination system or masking requirements at this time.

On Thursday, the province also announced that high-contact sports, choir, and other extracurricular activities could resume in Ontario schools after a brief hiatus when students returned to in-person learning following the Omicron wave.

On Thursday, the province also announced that it was lifting a directive that had halted surgeries and other procedures to preserve the health system’s capacity.

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