UPDATE: Windsor Making Masks Mandatory Indoors While Draft Bylaw Being Created in Lakeshore

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Windsor is joining Leamington in passing a mandatory mask bylaw.

The bylaw states masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Lakeshore council has asked administration to draft a mandatory mask bylaw for its municipality.

Mayor Tom Bain, says it's a small thing to ensure the region stays in Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan.

"It's something that we need to do. There was a concern by some of the members that our residents might become a little complacent and we want to make sure we work with the {Windsor-Essex County} health unit to be sure we stay in Stage 3 and don't move backwards," he says.

Bain says this will also give bylaw officers more power.

"We'll be able to issue tickets if necessary and rather than dumping the onus on the business owners, we can lend them a hand in making sure that people are complying with the regulations," he says.

Bain says masks are an important piece of the puzzle to also avoid a second wave of the coronavirus.

"It's just important, council felt. You need to wear the mask, you need to continue making sure that you're washing your hands, that there's social distancing," he says. "There was a discussion and a fear of, we don't want to get into a situation like we see across border."

Lakeshore council will discuss the draft bylaw at an upcoming council meeting while Windsor will start enforcing its bylaw on August 19.

 

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi