Today marks the end of an era in Ontario! We are officially on the other side of mask mandates after two years of COVID. It seems strange to think that it was exactly two years ago that the pandemic took the world by storm. We have followed the guidelines provided by the government and experts since the beginning and now they have decided we are able to drop the masks!
Torontonians are no longer required to wear a mask in settings including restaurants, bars, clubs, grocery stores, retail shops, gyms, public attractions and more. It’s key to remember that businesses reserve the right to continue enforcing mask policies. Although mask mandates are lifted at most places, there are still a few spots that require masks stay on.
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You still have to wear masks at these places in Toronto
As a high-risk setting, public transit will not be one of the maskless settings in the city just yet. Remember to bring a mask if you’re daily commute includes a trip on the TTC, UP Express, VIA Rail or GO train. Masks are required both on the vehicles and at stations.
Long-Term Care Facilities & Shelters
This one may seem obvious but the city is reminding everyone that masks are still required within long-term care homes to protect the most vulnerable. In order to avoid similar COVID outbreaks seen in care homes at the beginning of the pandemic, masks are mandatory. You will still be required to wear masks within shelters too as they have been hotspots over the course of the pandemic.
University of Toronto
If you’re a student at UofT, you’ll have to continue wearing your mask to class as the university is requiring mask mandates stay in place until the end of the semester. Don’t worry though, you can still go maskless outside on campus and enjoy the nice spring weather we’re about to have!