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Dr. Tam Says Canadians Should Be Respectful If Others Choose To Keep Wearing Masks

Mask mandates are starting to lift in certain parts of Canada. 😷

If people choose to continue wearing masks in Canada, the country's top doctor wants everyone to be respectful of their decision.

In a statement put out on July 2, Dr. Theresa Tam said she's encouraging people across the country to keep following public health advice and keep using individual precautions, regardless of their vaccination status, so that their COVID-19 risk is lower.

"During this time of transition, many people may feel more comfortable continuing with individual precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing," she said. "Let's continue to support each other by respecting each other's personal risk comfort levels."

Tam also mentioned that even though mask mandates are being lifted in parts of the country — including B.C. and Alberta — you might still be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing in some situations where people's vaccination status is unknown.

In June, the Public Health Agency of Canada released guidelines for what fully vaccinated people can do without masks. However, on the same day, the World Health Organization asked people around the world to continue wearing masks even if they're fully vaccinated.

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

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Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

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Ontario's ​Vaccine Passport Can Be Saved On Your Phone & Here's How I Did It In 5 Minutes

A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.

"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.

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Canadians​ Will Be ‘Refused Entry’ To Some Polling Stations If They Don’t Wear A Face Mask

Elections Canada says this does not contradict the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.👇

Canadian voters may be "refused entry" to some polling stations if they are not wearing a mask on September 20, Elections Canada has confirmed.

In the FAQ section of its website, the non-partisan government agency explains that electors must wear a face covering inside polling stations where required by the province, territory, region or landlord leasing the space. Masks will be provided to electors who do not bring their own.

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