Local Section 22 masking orders and provincial masking requirements for most settings lifted today (March 21)

Public Advisory

Statement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (March 9, 2022)

March 21, 2022

The following public health and workplace safety measures came into effect on March 21, 2022.

  • Mask requirements in most indoor public settings lifted. Masks continue to be required for transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings.
  • WDG Public Health lifted local Section 22 Orders on masking pursuant to the Province’s direction under the Reopening Ontario Act on masking on March 21, 2022. 

As a health care setting, WDG Public Health will continue to require that members of the public wear a mask in all our offices and clinics. 

Choosing to wear a mask:

We know public health and infection prevention measures can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to get vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), stay home if you feel unwell, practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask. While not legally required as of March 21, masks are encouraged when in:

  • Crowded spaces with many people nearby.
  • Close contact, especially with close conversation.
  • Confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

Note: To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local context and conditions. We will continue to monitor and respond to our local COVID-19 situation as required.