TORONTO — The Ontario government’s decision to extend its remaining mask mandate in high-risk environments such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, shelters and public transportation until at least June 11 has been met with mixed reactions.
Andrew Williams, president and CEO of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, says his organization “fully supports” the move.
He says the organization has decided to continue its mask mandate at the four hospitals it oversees “indefinitely” and that the government extension “really helped our message.”
Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, says her association called for the province’s mask mandate to be kept in all indoor settings to prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases.
But with the mask mandates already lifted in most indoor spaces such as schools and retail, she says she would at the very least like to see mask requirements enforced indefinitely in high-risk environments until public health indicators like COVID-19 hospitalizations” significantly”.
Maria Elizondo, a Toronto resident who commutes to work five days a week, says extending the mask mandate for public transit is “great” in theory, but “worthless” in practice because wearing a mask isn’t. is imposed on the TTC.