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Ottawa – The Steering Committee of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA) has announced that masks are no longer mandatory in common spaces or when two-meter distancing cannot be maintained in Senate workplaces, effective immediately.

This decision was made in order to align with the status of provincial mandates. It applies to all Senate staff members, members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, visitors, guests, contractors, volunteers and interns.

Quick facts

Individuals must continue to wear a mask while inside Senate buildings if they:

  • have tested positive on a PCR or rapid antigen test in the last five days;
  • have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus;
  • are a close contact of someone with COVID-19; and/or
  • have been so advised by a medical practitioner or public health.

Visitors may be required to answer screening questions prior to entering Senate premises.

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For more information:
Alison Korn
Issues Management and Media Relations Advisor | Senate of Canada
613-410-1892 |

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