Lakeshore council has passed a by-law requiring residents to wear a face-covering in all enclosed publicly accessible spaces.
A news release from the town says it is an additional health measure to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 infections as businesses and services reopen.
“Wearing a face covering is an additional measure to stop the spread
of COVID-19 and reduces the spread of your own infectious respiratory droplets, should you be unknowingly infected,” the release states.
The by-law also requires operators of businesses to ensure people attending publicly accessible areas wear a mask unless exempt.
Face coverings can include a conventional mask or another type of face-covering such as a bandana, scarf, cloth or similar item that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping, the town says.
Windsor-Essex medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed issued a Section 22 order for mandatory face coverings on June 23.
The town says operators of indoor spaces are to post signs with messaging about the requirements.
The by-law includes exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under the age of two, and other accommodations under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Proof of exemption is not required.
The by-law also allows the temporary removal of masks when receiving services that affect the face, eating a meal, or engaging in fitness activity.
Full details are available on the Town of Lakeshore website.
The town reminds residents that wearing a face-covering does not replace other health measures such as proper hand washing and practicing physical distancing.