Ontario to extend mask mandates in higher-risk settings until at least June 11

Ontario will be extending mask mandates in select higher-risk indoor settings for at least another month.

Mask mandates for these settings, including long-term care homes, hospitals and transit, were set to expire on April 27 but the government announced today that it is maintaining the mandates until at least June 11 amid a sixth wave of the pandemic.

“To protect our progress in managing this latest wave, I am maintaining masking requirements in specific public settings where individuals who are, or may be, at increased risk of severe outcomes, are in close contact for extended periods of time,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said in a press release on Friday.

Other settings where masking will continue to be mandatory include retirement homes, doctors’ offices, shelters and congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals.

A complete list of settings with mandatory masking can be found here.

Long-term care

The extension comes after Moore told CP24 last week that the province was planning to keep mask mandates in place for at least another month given the increase of COVID-19 infections in the province.

Mask mandates in other public indoor settings, including schools and retail, were lifted on March 21.