“In response to the worsening trends and existing challenges for our health care system, I’m strongly recommending that all Ontarians, not just those at high risk, wear a mask in indoor public settings, especially around our most vulnerable Ontarians— the very young and very old,” he said.
“He follows many layers of protection including screening daily for symptoms of any respiratory infection, practicing good hand hygiene, staying up to date on immunizations, masking when necessary and distancing when possible,” the statement read.
Personal ChoiceJones has said masking is "a personal choice," while defending members of the Progressive Conservatives, including Premier Doug Ford, who didn't wear a mask in the provincial legislature, which was divided over the issue earlier this week.
“Personal choice is important here, and we should not be passing judgment on people who wear a mask or not wear a mask,” she told reporters outside the legislature on Nov. 16. “We all make individual choices.”
"If you're around vulnerable people, you're around young people, that's going to be your choice ... That's what's going to happen," the premier said.
"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."