- Many provinces have indicated that they will not follow Alberta and Saskatchewan’s lead in eliminating COVID-19 vaccination passports and indoor mask requirements as quickly as they did
- On Wednesday, the restriction exemption programme, also known as the proof-of-vaccination requirement, and most venue capacity limits came to an end.
- Health officials across the country have announced gradual reopening plans, stating that it is now time to learn to live with COVID-19.
On Wednesday, many provinces indicated that they would not rush to follow Alberta and Saskatchewan’s lead in removing COVID-19 vaccination passports and indoor mask requirements as quickly as Alberta and Saskatchewan did.
“Just because one province does something doesn’t imply we’re going to do it,” Manitoba’s deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Jazz Atwal, said.
Manitoba hopes to lift all limitations by spring, but Atwal says the plan will be guided by science rather than other jurisdictions’ decisions or protesters’ demands.
In Ontario, easing public health orders will be done cautiously and only when it is safe, as per Health Minister Christine Elliott. For the time being, she said, proof of vaccination, as well as masks, will be required.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Elliott stated.
After gradually lifting some limitations on businesses and social gatherings late last month, Ontario is tracking on a best-case projection, she said. COVID-19 patients in hospitals were 2,059 on Wednesday, down 195 from Tuesday.
Saskatchewan and Alberta declared on Tuesday that they would eliminate vaccination passports, mandatory masks, and nearly all other COVID-19 rules in the coming weeks.
The restriction exemption program, also known as the proof-of-vaccination requirement, and capacity limits at most venues ended on Wednesday. Masks will no longer be needed in all settings for children under 12 and all students in schools beginning Monday.
Saskatchewan plans to end well almost all public health orders, such as indoor mask mandates, by the end of the month, including its vaccine passport policy.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has stated that hospitals across the country are overburdened. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” Tam wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Health officials across the country have been declaring gradual reopening strategies, saying it’s time to learn to live with COVID-19.
“You’re exhausted. We’re in the same boat. COVID has worn everyone out. “Premier Tim Houston of Nova Scotia announced on Wednesday. COVID, on the other side, has proven to be a formidable foe.”
According to Houston, some restrictions on gathering sizes, capacity limits, and sporting events will be eased next week. He believes this is possible because only about 10% of eligible Nova Scotians are unvaccinated, and the province is the country’s leader in booster shots.
He claims the move isn’t in response to anti-vaccine and anti-public-health-order protests in Ottawa and elsewhere.
Ministers from the federal government have urged protesters to stop blocking roads and border crossings and stop honking.
According to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, Every Canadian is frustrated that the pandemic has persisted and that normal life remains elusive. However, he stated that health measures to keep the public safe have always been guided by public health experts’ advice.
“There will arrive a time in the future, and that day is approaching,” Mendicino said.
“Meanwhile, we can all become exhausted from it. We may be tired of it, but that is no excuse for someone breaking the law and enforcing an illegal blockade that harms Canadians.”
Premier Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick stated that all provincial and territorial governments are moving forward with plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions, though some are moving more quickly than others. According to him, most country areas will soon have minimal restrictions.
“At this point, you wonder, ‘What is the point?” The protesters, according to Higgs.
Source: CTV News
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