Federal government still strongly encourages people to use masks while travelling

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra speaks to members of the media after legislation is introduced in the House of Commons, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Ottawa. Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

The federal government still strongly encourages people to wear masks when traveling

But wearing masks on planes and trains won’t be mandatory

After briefing the country’s top doctor, Canada’s transport minister said the government still strongly encouraged people to wear masks on planes and trains — but did not make it a requirement.

Omar Alghabra said he attended a briefing by Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam this morning.

He said the government would continue to follow the advice of doctors and would maintain that for now.

The minister said it was a good thing he would wear a mask when traveling by air.

Last week, in a virtual update, Tam said the “accelerated rate of growth” of COVID-19 variants, flu and respiratory syncytial virus surges posed challenges to health systems in several parts of the country.

On October 1, the federal government lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions, including quarantines for unvaccinated foreign travelers and mandatory face masks for anyone entering Canada.

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