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Masking a 'personal choice', says Ford

At his stop in Timmins, the Premier addressed questions about Ontario's top doc being seen at an indoor party without a mask days after strongly urging people to do so in that setting
Premier Doug Ford at Newmont Porcupine on Nov. 18, 2022.

Masking is a "personal choice", says Ontario Premier Doug Ford. 

After "strongly recommending" people mask in all indoor settings earlier this week, Ontario's chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore appears to be captured on video at a party without a mask. 

Ontario currently has no public masking requirements. When Moore recommended masking in certain settings earlier this week, it was to protect kids from the triple threat of respiratory viruses — the flu, COVID, and RSV —  that are circulating.

At a stop in Timmins today (Nov. 18), Ford said masking is a "personal choice." That echoes the comments of Health Minister Sylvia Jones.

"If you’re around vulnerable people, you’re around young people, that’s going to be your choice. So that’s what’s going to happen. It’s the people of Ontario, they’ve been through two-and-a-half years of this — they know if they need a mask, they know if they don’t need a mask. That’s going to be up to them,” said Ford.