Some provinces moving fast to end COVID measures as B.C. awaits details

As the Omicron wave subsides, some provinces are quickly removing COVID-19 mitigations measures including mandatory isolation. Liza Yuzda takes a look at some of the most dramatic changes.

As British Columbians await Tuesday’s details on the next steps in the province’s COVID-19 response, many other provinces are taking dramatic steps to end some restrictions.

Some are even moving quickly past one of the pillars of pandemic protection– isolating when sick.

Starting Tuesday, people in Manitoba who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate. The same goes for those in Saskatchewan starting March 1.

Vaccine passports will also be gone in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, following Alberta’s move to do away with mandatory vaccination proof for entry for many businesses and events. Ontario will follow suit in two weeks.

Businesses in Saskatchewan and Alberta can continue to require proof of immunization for entry if they choose to.


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Quebec has already lifted some capacity limits, and is moving to remove all of them by mid-March.

The Atlantic provinces are removing quarantine requirements for visitors when they arrive.

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While many are celebrating the steps towards removing some restrictions, most provinces are keeping mask mandates in place.

Those in Saskatchewan still have to wear masks indoors until Feb. 28., and mask mandates remain in place in long-term care facilities for the foreseeable future.

The mask rules in Manitoba end mid-March, but people won’t be able to gather in large groups to celebrate.

Capacity limits still remain in place in Manitoba, but with looser restrictions than B.C. An indoor wedding can be held with up to 50 unvaccinated people but 51 guests or more will still require a vaccine card or proof of negative COVID-19 test.

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