The Ontario Ministry of Education has confirmed that pupils will not be required to wear masks when they return to school this autumn. The province will not require students to wear masks in schools, school board offices, or on student transportation for the second year since the pandemic began.
The announcement by Lecce comes as Ontario prepares for a probable new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, owing in large part to BA.2.86, a highly mutated new strain of the virus. Furthermore, recent wastewater testing has revealed an increase in the virus compared to an all-time low in Ontario in June of this year.
Ontario lifted its mask mandate in public settings for the first time in March 2022, when it was assessed that the province had reached a point where it could “manage” the infection.
The virus does not overwhelm us like it did early in the pandemic. It still has an impact on individuals and populations, but not quite to the same extent.
“The vast majority of the population has either received a vaccine, or has been infected and recovered from the infection this means that the virus will not wallop us as it did earlier in the pandemic. It still has an impact on individuals and populations, but not quite to the same extent.