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Masks will be optional in Ontario schools this fall | Coronavirus: Ontario

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Since the end of March, it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask in schools in the province.

In an email, the Department of Education says most protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will remain unchanged from last spring. This decision was reportedly made in collaboration with the Healthy Kids Coalition and Ontario Public Health.

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Five months later, Ontario is still struggling with high numbers of COVID-19 infections. Chief Medical Officer Dr Kieran Moore, however, said on Friday that the peak of the 7th wave has been reached.

The government’s priority remains to provide a positive, safe and normal school experienceEducation Minister Stephen Lecce said by email.

Minister Lecce says he has had more than 100,000 HEPA filter air purifiers installed in classrooms and learning spaces over the past two years.

Stephen Lecce pledged last month to keep Ontario’s two million students in class this year.

With information from CBC

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