Ontario, Mississauga and Brampton Thanksgiving gatherings can be unmasked if everyone’s fully vaxxed: Moore

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Published October 5, 2021 at 6:17 pm

Ontario’s top doctor is indicating that masking will not be required during Thanksgiving get-togethers — if everyone who is coming is fully vaccinated.

Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday (Oct. 5) that Ontario will relax public health recommendations for indoor gatherings of fully vaccinated individuals. A full list of recommendations for Thanksgiving (observed Oct. 10 and/or 11) and Halloween (Oct. 31) are expected to be detailed later this week.

In the spring, Ontario’s third wave of the pandemic escalated shortly after the April 3-5 Easter weekend.

“Every long weekend like this, especially Thanksgiving where it’s a social event, where we have families getting together, we want to minimize the spread,” Moore said on Tuesday. “We want families to embrace the opportunity to get back together for their mental, physical and social wellbeing.”

Easter 2021, however, occurred while only older adults were eligible to receive a vaccination against COVID-19. Presently, all children born in 2009 or earlier are now eligible, and so are all adults.

The current gathering limits in Ontario are 25 people indoors, and 100 people outdoors.

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