Ontario’s chief medical officer of health has some early advice for the Thanksgiving weekend but is expected to hand down more later this week.
Dr. Kieran Moore handed down news of school-based COVID testing on Tuesday morning but was asked what guidance he’d have for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Moore said, while further recommendations surrounding both Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en are expected this Thursday, he did have some initial thoughts.
“In a nutshell, if you’re having family over and you’re completely vaccinated, if you feel comfortable removing your masks, that would be absolutely appropriate in a fully vaccinated group,” said Dr. Moore.
“If it’s a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals outdoors, you may consider keeping masks on, and certainly if you go indoors, I would suggest you keep your masks on,” he continued. “If you have any symptoms consistent with COVID 19, you’d want to be tested in advance and ensure you know the results before you go to a social setting.”
“We still have the Reopening Ontario maximums of 100 outdoors at a social gathering and 25 indoors. Those should be adhered to, and I think those are reasonable and safe numbers,” he added.
“Every long weekend like this, especially Thanksgiving where it’s a social event where we have families getting together, we want to minimize the spread, we want families to embrace the opportunity to get back together for their mental, physical, social well-being,” he concluded.