Face masks still required at many public facilities – Sault Star

The Sudbury airport and transit systems, for example, and at health-care settings, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other congregate living settings

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Ontario’s COVID-19 rule smay have eased, but there are still many places where you must wear a mask. The Greater Sudbury Airport is one. Manitoulin Health Centre facilities are another.

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In a release, Monday, Greater Sudbury Airport management noted that as flights and passenger traffic increase, the public needs to know airports are governed by federal regulations. That means COVID-19 restrictions surrounding airports will not change in the foreseeable future, despite many restrictions being lifted locally and provincially.

“Masking continues to be required at all times for our passengers, airport personnel and contractors to enter the airport terminal, along with proof of vaccination,” Jean-Mathieu Chenier, director of marketing, airport excellence and innovation, said. “We want the public to be informed that when they come to the airport, they should arrive with their approved face mask and proof of vaccination.”

It is important to note that only ticketed passengers and airport personnel are permitted in the airport terminal.  Friends and family are still being asked to remain at their vehicles while waiting for arrival.

For more information on air travel during COVID-19, contact your airline, or go to travel.gc.ca/travel-covid and flysudbury.ca.

The Manitoulin Health Centre, meanwhile, has sent a notification to the community reminding people that face masks are still required in local health care facilities.

“The Ontario government announced effective March 21, 2022, masks will no longer be required in some public settings,” the health centre said.

“However, the mask mandate has not been lifted in the following settings: public transit, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other health care settings, and congregate care and living settings.”

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These rules apply to the Little Current and Mindemoya sites of the MHC as well as Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Manitoulin Central Family Health Team, Assiginack Family Health Team, Northeastern Manitoulin Family Health Team and the Gore Bay Medical Clinic.

All those in attendance must continue to wear a face mask.

“Should you arrive without a mask or be wearing a cloth mask, a medical-grade mask will be provided. Screeners will continue to monitor incoming traffic for symptoms,” the health centre said.

“We ask those in attendance at the hospital for the family health teams across Manitoulin to continue to be kind and patient with those staff that are there to help you.”

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