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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Nunavut students will still require to mask up after COVID-19 restrictions end

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Key takeaways: 

  • Most limitations will end Monday, but masks will be needed in government facilities and schools.
  • Gross states students and staff in schools and buses will still wear masks after public health constraints end on April 11.

As Nunavut readies to arise from its public health emergency, students and staff will still wear masks in schools and on school buses.

Education Minister Pamela Gross stated Thursday masks would continue to be offered to schools.

Gross declared during a COVID-19 press conference Thursday morning. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson, Health Minister John Main, and Human Resources Minister Margaret Nakashuk also attended.

The territory declared Wednesday that it would be getting its health emergency to an end on April 11, along with remaining public health limitations.

That means masks will no longer be needed in public, though they will still be needed in health facilities and government offices.

Gross stated that keeping masks in schools aligns with that condition and said her unit would re-evaluate masks as required.

Also read: Nunavut lifting all coronavirus public health limitations on Monday

Nunavut readies to arise from its public health emergency, students and staff will still wear masks in schools and on school buses

Gross said her division also hopes to see ventilation progress in schools this year.

That will have upgrades to ventilation systems and cleaning of filters, thanks to an investment from the federal government.

“We look ahead to that work and our schools to be as safe as feasible,” she said.

‘Living usually again’

Patterson said the region is moving toward answering to COVID-19 like any other infectious disease.

“I understand that some will be anxious regarding these changes, but we are sure that we are in a place where we can begin living normally again,” he said.

He reported the virus is not gone and asked Nunavummiut to handle their own risk by staying home if they are ill, wearing masks if they have to contact people, and getting vaccinated.

Source – cbc.ca

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