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Ontario Is Going To Drop All COVID-19 Restrictions & Here's When It Will All Be Over

We're finally getting past this pandemic.

Toronto Associate Editor
Premier Doug Ford making a government announcement earlier in March.

Premier Doug Ford making a government announcement earlier in March.

All of the COVID-19 restrictions that Ontario has put in place for the province will soon be a thing of the past as the provincial government just revealed when the remaining health measures will ease.

The Ford government released its plan for living with COVID-19 in the province, which included lifting mask mandates and more.

Starting on March 14, all mandatory vaccine policies can come to an end. That being said, while the directive will grant permission for businesses to lift this requirement, the Ontario government said that "individual organizations will continue to have the authority to keep requirements in place."

The province will still continue to provide rapid antigen tests to businesses.

On March 21, residents will be able to say goodbye to their face coverings unless they are in certain settings like public transit, long-term care and retirement homes, health care settings and a few others.

On top of this, schools will lift measures including cohorting and daily on-site screening.

Then, as of March 28, the Reopening Ontario Act will officially expire, but it will have one final extension of its emergency order for another 30 days.

This act has been around since October 2020 and has been responsible for detailing previous reopening measures for the province and what public health measures to follow throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that as of April 27, all remaining public health measures, directives and orders will come to an end for the province. Masks will also no longer be required anywhere.

As listed in the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore's key principles, Ontario is gearing to move away from all of its emergency measures that the province has seen throughout the course of the pandemic and away from relying on the provincial government to implement mandatory requirements.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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