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Nearly all COVID-19 limitations end, N.L. enters a new pandemic period

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • ‘We have to admit now that this is an aspect of our lives,’ says Nunatsiavut, health minister.
  • Nearly all COVID-19 orders have ended in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Covid mandates end in NL: 

Newfoundland and Labrador celebrated the end of nearly all COVID-19 constraints on Monday — the second anniversary of the first coronavirus case recorded in the region — with public health orders being erased for what officials expect is the final time.

For the most part, Mask rulings, vaccine passes, and capacity and travel conditions are removed. However, masking is still needed in schools until at least the Easter break, post-secondary institutions until the end of the semester, and healthcare facilities province-wide. 

Some companies are also deciding to stick with masks and physical distancing for the time being.

Jennifer Ring, who operates Hotel North 2 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, informed CBC News her hotel is pleased to see limitations raised but said masking would be optional for their workers.

“Some of our workers are going to choose to wear their masks, and some employees are thrilled to get freed of their masks,” she said. “I don’t want anybody to feel awkward for wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.” 

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Mask mandates removed from NL constraints

Ring stated the previous two years have been struggling financially and attempting to keep up with the continuously varying pandemic landscape. 

Limitations changed nearly monthly to restrict the spread of COVID-19, making running a business challenge, she stated.

In Newfoundland, Rocket Bakery locations in St. John’s and Mount Pearl keep masks compulsory inside their stores. 

Co-owner Dave Hopley stated Monday the shops will also persist in restricting customers, at least for now.

“We want to take care of our workers, and from what we’ve been hearing from our customers, a lot of individuals seem to be enjoying the idea that they’re we’re kind of moving on with the mask order,” he said.

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