Niagara Region Extends Mandatory Face-Covering By-Law To Include Common Areas Of Apartments And Condominiums

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted October 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – As part of its continued response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Council passed a by-law (this past Thursday, October 22nd) to amend Niagara’s temporary Face-Covering By-law to include common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominium buildings, including lobbies, elevators and other common-use facilities.

Niagara’s temporary Face-Covering By-law (2020-46) requires residents to wear face-coverings in all enclosed public places and on Regional and municipal transit. On Sept. 17, the by-law was extended to remain in effect until April 1, 2021 in recognition of the ongoing threat posed by the pandemic.

Residents and businesses are reminded that the by-law includes a number of exemptions. Not everyone can wear a mask and many disabilities are invisible. There’s no requirement for people to prove they are exempt.

Do You Have COVID-19 questions?

Find more details about the Face-Covering By-law, including frequently-asked questions, and resources for business owners, are available on Niagara Region’s website  <https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/mask-bylaw.aspx>.

Residents can also call Niagara Region Public Health’s COVID-19 Info Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, and press 7.

A Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

This is a move that is bound to annoy or anger fringe groups of anti-maskers in Niagara, including a handful of their supporters and enablers on our regional and local councils.

That said, good for a majority on Niagara’s Regional Council for standing by this necessary By-Law and expanding and extending it when and where necessary – especially at a time when Ontario is recording record numbers of daily COVID-19 cases and it clearly looks like we are on the upswing of a Second Wave of this killer virus.

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