masks required in ontario

    As of October 3, face coverings are required to be worn in all indoor public spaces and while using transit throughout the Province of Ontario under Ontario Regulation 364/20 

    In Ontario, any person in the indoor area of a business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area, unless the person in the indoor area:

    • is a child who is younger than two years of age
    • is attending a school or private school that is operated in accordance with a return to school direction issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
    • is attending a child care program at a place that is in compliance with the child care re-opening guidance issued by the Ministry of Education
    • is receiving residential services and supports in a residence listed in the definition of "residential services and supports" in subsection 4 (2) of the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008
    • is in a correctional institution or in a custody and detention program for young persons in conflict with the law
    • is performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance
    • has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering
    • is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person
    • needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering while in the indoor area
      • to receive services that require the removal of their mask or face covering
      • to engage in an athletic or fitness activity
      • to consume food or drink
      • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety
    • is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
    • is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code
    • performs work for the business or organization, and is in an area that is not accessible to members of the public and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person while in the indoor area

    Prior to the provincial announcement, Chatham-Kent Council voted in favour of having a Mandatory Mask By-Law. This by-law requires that face coverings be worn in all indoor public spaces. Face coverings became required in all indoor public spaces in Chatham-Kent on Friday, August 14. Please visit the Government of Canada website for full details regarding 3-layer mask wearing to ensure proper material, structure, and fit are selected.

    To assist you in learning about face coverings, here are some great resources!

    Wearing a mask is only one aspect of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to abide by the following public health measures:

    • Maintain physical distancing of two metres at all times
    • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol frequently
    • Stay home (not going into the community or to work) if you’re not feeling well, and get tested for COVID-19.

    For any concerns regarding the by-law, please contact COVID-19 Enforcement or phone 519.360.1998. In addition, please check out the Municipality's Mask By-law FAQ page!