Yesterday, the province issued a statement indicating that most masking requirements will be lifted on June 11, 2022, with a note that masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes. Masking is recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes.
While masking requirements in some locations are expiring, organizations may implement their own policies. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will maintain masking requirements and entrance screening for patients and visitors for the foreseeable future. While COVID-related hospitalizations and critical illness are declining, vulnerable populations continue to be at heightened risk of infection. We serve the most vulnerable of our community, and remain committed to doing everything possible to keep patients and staff safe, including maintaining best practices in infection, prevention, and control.