Some provinces reinstate COVID-19 restrictions as cases increase in some areas
Some provinces were doubling on Tuesday with mask and vaccination requirements in a bid to curb the growing number of COVID-19 cases, while the Northwest Territories reported their first death from the virus.
British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba have all reintroduced the mandatory face covering in some settings.
Starting Wednesday, British Columbia is reinstating a public health order requiring people to wear masks in all indoor public spaces – including malls, grocery stores and public transportation – in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease. infections fueled primarily by the Delta variant.
The order also includes students in grades 4 and up who will be returning to class soon. Face coverings will be encouraged for the youngest.
Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said the prescription is due to be reassessed in mid-October, when the province plans to have fully implemented proof of vaccination card for anyone wishing to eat in. restaurants, visit theaters or attend other events.
Quebec also announced an indoor mask mandate for elementary and secondary school students in nine regions of the province, including Montreal. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said the rise of the Delta variant requires a cautious approach.
“It’s not ideal,” said Roberge. This is not what we wanted back to school, but we need to take note of the situation, take note of what is happening elsewhere in the world and the rise of the Delta variant.
Regarding vaccines, Manitoba has announced that all frontline provincial workers who work with vulnerable populations will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October.
“We must rise to new heights to avoid the tsunami,” said Prime Minister Brian Pallister.
Affected workers include doctors, nurses, teachers, early childhood teachers and prison guards. Government employees, including members of the legislature, will also need to be vaccinated.
The province also said it was reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor public places, including schools.
In Ontario, the Toronto Police Service said all its uniformed and civilian members will need to be fully immunized and staff will need to provide proof by mid-September.
New Brunswick has followed the lead of some other provinces in expanding vaccine eligibility to children who turn 12 this year.
And, with the increase in the number of cases, Nova Scotia Premier-designate Tim Houston has said New Brunswickers who are not fully vaccinated will be treated as travelers from outside the region. Atlantic and must isolate themselves when they enter their province.
“We expect this to impact a very small number of people,” Houston said of the measure from Wednesday.
The Northwest Territories, facing their worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic, reported their first death from COVID-19.
“At a time when we are trying to maintain an entire population in good health, this death reminds us that individuals are at the heart of this effort,” said the director of public health of the territory, Dr Kami Kandola, in a press release.
There were 219 active cases in the territory.
A vaccine tracking tool created by a student at the University of Saskatchewan shows Canada has reached a milestone of 75 percent of eligible people now fully vaccinated. He says 83 percent have had at least one dose.
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