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Advisory: Indoor Masking Still Recommended in Eeyou Istchee  after May 14

May 9, 2022

The Public Health Department of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay recommends that masks continue to be worn indoors in Eeyou Istchee, even after changes to Quebec’s indoor masking policy take effect.  

 Masking is still recommended in all indoor public spaces in Eeyou Istchee after May 14.  


On May 14, Quebec will lift its indoor mask mandate in most situations (except for health-care settings and public transit). 

Masking is still recommended in all indoor public spaces in Eeyou Istchee after May 14.  

  •  People travelling to other regions are recommended to wear masks in indoor settings while they’re away from home, and follow other precautions and requirements in the jurisdictions they visit.  
  •   Masks are still required on all flights (including Cree Health Board charter flights and airlifts).   
  •   People who have symptoms are recommended to stay home and be tested.   

Our most vulnerable populations continue to be at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus given ongoing community transmission in Eeyou Istchee. When masks are worn to cover the nose and mouth snugly, they reduce the transmission of virus droplets between people.  

Masking is an effective layer of protection when people are together indoors, and is an important tool during this transition phase of the pandemic.  

There is a resurgence of other respiratory infections (including influenza and common colds). Continuing to wear masks in public, indoor spaces will protect essential workers from getting sick, and ensure ongoing essential services for community members. 


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