Lifting Mask Mandates Up To Chief Medical Officer, Says Ford


It will be up to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health to determine when it is safe to lift the province’s pandemic mask mandate, Premier Doug Ford said on Friday.

In the wake of Dr. Kieran Moore’s announcement that the mandatory indoor mask policy will be reviewed in March, Ford stressed he would defer to “health and science.”

“I’ve been accused of being the most cautious leader in North America when it comes to this pandemic. I’m going to continue being cautious. But we also have to move forward, we have to get back to normal,” the premier said during a news conference Friday.

“And that’s why I’m going to follow the advice of [Chief Medical Officer of Health] Dr. Moore.”

Yesterday, Dr. Kieran Moore told reporters that his team would begin reviewing mask mandates in public spaces, including schools, during the second or third week of March.

Moore also noted should a recommendation to end the mandate be made, he hoped vulnerable community members would continue to mask up.



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