Public Health Mandates Could Return, Tam Warns, But Favours Lighter Touch In Future

According to CTV News, Canadian governments should be ready to resume public health measures if another serious variant of COVID-19 emerges, even as they scale back mandates for masks and vaccines, the country's chief public health officer said Friday.

Several provinces have announced plans to put an end to COVID-19 restrictions, signalling a return to normalcy now that the Omicron wave is receding.

"We cannot remain at a heightened state of emergency forever. We have to begin to heal," Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said earlier this month, announcing the province would lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including gathering limits and indoor masking rules, on March 1.

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