Ontarians may be forced into wearing masks again this winter if they don’t start doing it voluntarily, according to the provinces top doctor.
Ontario medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore said rising Covid case-numbers and lacklustre booster uptake could trigger a turn of the province’s mask mandate.
Moore pointed to the lacklustre uptake of Covid-19 booster shots among Ontario’s elderly population in particular.
“Sixteen percent is absolutely not acceptable to me,” said Moore, alluding to the percentage of Ontarians 70 years old and older who have received their fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Doug Ford government dropped its mask mandate March 21, with most remaining Covid measures being dropped in June.