Mandatory use of masks in public enclosed spaces in effect as of July 20. Here is what you need to know.

This article, from July 17, contains the latest information on the City of Hamilton’s By-law, requiring the use of a mask or face covering in enclosed public spaces.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

As Hamilton continues to hold in stage 2 of the province’s reopening, City Council voted last week to enact By-Law No. 20-155, which requires the wearing of masks or face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

Beginning July 20, 2020 at 12:01 am, with some exceptions, all persons entering an enclosed public premise in the City of Hamilton are required to wear a mask or face covering.

For more details, please continue reading below…

With more more establishments and businesses beginning to re-open, wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure that can be taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and help your neighbours and community to stay safe.

Businesses will be required to take reasonable steps to ensure that no member of the public is permitted entry to, or otherwise remain within, the establishment without a face covering.  The mask or face covering should cover the nose, mouth and chin, without gapping.

A number of exemptions have been considered and included in the by-law, since not every person can participate in wearing a mask or face covering.  Some examples of these exemptions include children under 2 years of age, a person who has an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering, and a person who is unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance. A self-declaration of exemption is acceptable and sufficient.

The City’s primary objective of the by-law is to achieve voluntary compliance; however, fines may be issued to those who fail to comply.

According to the new by-law, every person who contravenes this by-law may be issued a penalty notice under the Administrative Penalty System (APS), where the maximum fine is $500. A repeat offender could be issued a Part 3 charge under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) for a contravention of this By-law. This by-law will be reviewed by the Board of Health every 3 months.

Wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing. Every effort should be made to keep a 2-metre distance even when wearing a face covering or mask, as well as follow other public health measures such as frequent hand washing and staying home if sick.

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