Masking pointers are set to be lifted in London Transit however will stay in all hospitals within the London – London space


From this weekend, passengers in London transit will no longer be required to wear face coverings, but mask rules remain in place in hospitals across the region.

Though COVID safety measures are being lifted in most settings, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says masks are still required in long-term care and retirement homes. Most of Ontario’s remaining COVID-19 mask mandates will be lifted on Saturday, June 11.

In a statement, Kelly Paleczny, general manager of the London Transit Commission, said the mask requirement would be lifted on Saturday.

“We will encourage people to respect each other’s choices to continue wearing masks if they choose to do so,” Paleczny said in an email.

The London Health Sciences Centre, St Joseph’s Health Care London and St Thomas Elgin General Hospital have announced they will maintain masking guidelines for the foreseeable future.

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In a statement, St Joseph’s said its decision was in line with other hospitals in the Southwest region that still require masks.

“Masks slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses and are a way to continue to protect our vulnerable patients and residents from potential exposure to COVID-19,” said Roy Butler, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s.

“As always, the safety of those we serve is the top priority at St. Joseph’s.”

Officials say active screening of all patients and visitors entering St. Joseph’s facilities will also be maintained.

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St. Joseph’s decision affects all facilities, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building, Parkwood Institute Main Building, Mount Hope Center for Long Term Care and Southwest Center for Forensic Mental Health Care.

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“The mask requirement is visible evidence of our commitment to keeping our elderly and immunocompromised patients safe, ensuring medical staff are available for sustained service delivery, and reflecting our commitment to reducing the possibility of outbreaks,” STEGH officials said in a Explanation.

LHSC’s decision to keep the mask in places includes Victoria Hospital, University Hospital and Children’s Hospital.

LHSC confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday that the masking would remain in place.

“Masking of all staff, patients and visitors will continue to be part of our practice for the foreseeable future, including June 11,” the tweet said.

Hello everyone, the mask requirement for all employees, patients and visitors will continue to be part of our practice for the foreseeable future, even after June 11th.

— London Health Sciences Center (@LHSCCanada) June 7, 2022

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Earlier this week, LHSC announced plans to relax its visitor care policy, citing a reduction in local transmission of COVID-19 as a factor.

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Officials say care partners will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or register when entering the hospital.

Inpatients at University and Victoria Hospitals are now allowed two care partners at a time, while outpatients are now allowed one care partner. However, officials note that waiting space is limited.

While proof of vaccination is no longer required for care partners, officials say screening for COVID-19 symptoms at entrances will continue and visitors will still be required to mask and practice proper hand hygiene.

– with files from Matthew Trevithick and Ryan Rocca of Global News

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