Canada dropping its vaccination mandate for professional athletes
Ricky Gray | September 28, 2022
The Canadian government confirmed that noncitizens won't be subject to the mandate either.
The Associated Press reported that Canada will drop its vaccination mandate for professional athletes and it will extend to noncitizens visiting the country.
This will start in October just as the NHL season is set to begin but this also affects the MLB and NBA season as well.
Removal of the vaccine mandate means unvaccinated Major League Baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs if Toronto makes the postseason.
There is a caveat for visitors, however, as they could still be subject to tests and quarantine requirements.
However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has agreed to let a cabinet order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border expire Friday.
The country announced that as of Saturday, it will no longer require people to wear masks on planes to guard against COVID-19.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said: “We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated.”
Random tests at the airport are also coming to a close, along with filling out the information in the ArriveCan app.
In a released statement, the government said: “The removal of border measures has been facilitated by a number of factors, including modelling that indicates that Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4- and BA.5-fuelled wave,
“Canada's high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters (including new bivalent formulation), rapid tests, and treatments for COVID-19.”