Should masks be mandatory in St. Catharines as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

 

 

Have your say before July 13th when St. Catharines City Council will vote on a by-law dictating the requirement of mask use in enclosed public spaces.

On July 13, Council will vote on the by-law that will require both patrons and employees at indoor public spaces such as stores, entertainment venues and government buildings to wear face masks while inside. With evidence mounting that masks can help curb the spread of COVID-19, especially in enclosed spaces where the virus is spread more easily, the City is working to encourage and educate residents on proper mask use.

The by-law has yet to be approved by Council, and it has not yet been determined when it will take effect if approved.

The proposed by-law applies to individuals or organizations that are responsible for the operation of a facility or businesses with enclosed (indoor), public-access spaces. These individuals and organizations will be required to ensure no member of the public is permitted entry unless wearing a mask or face covering, with some exceptions.

Exceptions to the by-law include:

  • Persons under two years of age
  • Individuals with underlying medical conditions inhibiting their ability to wear a mask or face covering
  • Instances where wearing a face covering would inhibit an individual’s ability to breathe
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove a face mask without assistance
  • Regulated health professionals
  • Employees and workers in staff-only areas or behind a physical barrier

The by-law, if passed, would apply to all City facilities open to the public. Part of the effort will include a public education campaign aimed at demonstrating the efficacy of masks, alongside proper use such as correct placement and when they should be used.

If you wish to give YOUR feedback on the proposed mask wearing bylaw you can write the city by email to: clerks@stcatharines.ca, with the subject line ‘Face Masks By-Law’ by noon on July 13.

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