Students and staff in Ontario schools will each eventually get two rapid tests to use if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Officials said parents will not be notified of an outbreak at their child’s school until there is 30% absenteeism rate among staff and students. The government later clarified that beginning Jan. 24, daily case counts at schools will be available online, but said parents will be notified by email only if a school surpasses 30% absences.
The Canadian government, meanwhile, is backing down from its vaccine mandate for Canadian truckers three days before it was set to take effect.
Ottawa announced in mid-November that truck drivers crossing into Canada would need to be fully vaccinated by this Saturday. But on Wednesday evening, transport ministry spokeswoman Rebecca Purdy said Canadian truck drivers will not have to quarantine if they are unvaccinated or have received only one dose.
The new rule will still take effect this weekend for American truckers, who will be turned away at the border unless they have been vaccinated.