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Quebec postpones the lifting of mask mandates to April 30th

Quebec postpones the lifting of mask mandates to April 30th
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The Quebec government is planning to postpone the lifting of mask mandates to the end of April.

Last month, the government announced that Quebecers could expect mask mandates to be lifted by April 15th in public indoor spaces. However, with the rise in cases as we enter the sixth wave of the pandemic, the government has made other plans.

In a press conference held on Tuesday by Quebec's Interim Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau, mask mandates in the province will only be lifted at the end of the month, should cases begin to settle in the province.

Boileau reminded Quebecers that those infected with the BA.2 variant are contagious for up to 10 days, and should isolate for a minimum of 5 days. He made a point to mention that it is not the time to go to restaurants or invite company over after the 5 day quarantine period is done.

In addition, starting tomorrow, those aged 70+ can register to receive their fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Then as of Monday, those aged 60+ will be able to make their appointments for their fourth vaccine.

For now, public health says they do not intend to add any more measures or restrictions in the province.

Across the country, many provinces have already lifted their mask mandates or are planning to in the coming days. As of this Thursday, Quebec will be the only province left with mask requirements.

For more information on COVID-19 in the province, you can visit the Quebec government website here.

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