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Here's When Canadians Could Stop Wearing Face Masks According To The Federal Government

It depends on when 75% of people aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

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If you've been wondering, "when can I stop wearing a face mask?" a new timeline put out by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has your answer.

According to new data and modelling released by PHAC on May 28, it will be safe to start easing personal protective measures when at least 75% of people aged 12 or older are fully vaccinated, and the government expects that to happen by the fall or even earlier.

Public Health Agency of Canada

But PHAC said that personal protective measures including physical distancing and mask-wearing should be maintained throughout the summer even when restrictive public health measures like lockdowns are lifted.

The country's guidance for life after vaccination shows that if 75% of people who are eligible for a vaccine are fully vaccinated by the fall, Canadians should be able to do activities indoors with people outside their household. That includes attending post-secondary school, going to indoor sporting events and having family gatherings.

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo said earlier this month that there won't be separate rules for fully vaccinated people in Canada and there will instead be a collective, community approach.

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