March 9, 2022
Ontario Timeline for Removing all Public Health Restrictions
March 11, 2022 – Sarnia, Ontario
The provincial government has announced a timeline for removing all public health restrictions, including mask mandates.
Effective March 14:
- Mandatory vaccination policy for employees in long-term care homes is lifted.
- Unvaccinated workers in hospitals and other high-risk healthcare settings will no longer have to partake in regular rapid testing.
Effective March 21:
- Masking requirements will be removed in most settings including schools, restaurants and bars, gyms, movie theatres, shopping centres.
- Remaining measures in schools including cohorts and on-site symptom screening are removed.
- Remaining regulatory requirements for businesses are removed, including passive screening and having a COVID-19 safety plan.
Effective April 27:
- Mask requirements are removed in all remaining settings.
- All remaining orders under the Reopening Ontario Act expire.
- Remaining health-care directives are lifted, however, the government will still direct health-care workers to wear personal protective equipment.
- After this date, masks will not be mandatory but will be encouraged and highly recommended for those who are immunocompromised, at high risk, or who choose to still use them.