The health unit is reaching out to businesses, as they get ready to implement a mandatory mask policy. 

"At this point, we're trying to make it as easy as possible for businesses, recognizing there are many other things they're trying to put into place, in order to be up and running," says Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit..

Materials being provided by the health unit to merchants include signage for doors, a sample policy and a letter with background on the decision and instructions on implementing the policy.

"We're thankful for the support from businesses, because we believe this policy is helpful to keep us in Stage 3 and therefor keep businesses open," Young-Hoon added.

In addition to having a policy requiring masks, businesses and organizations must:

  • Train their employees on the requirements of the policy and how to implement it
  • Post signs to remind employees and customers about the requirement to mask
  • Ask everyone to wear a mask if they enter your space without one, or if they remove their mask for an extended period of time while in the establishment.
  • Have a hand washing / sanitizing station at all entrances for people to use.
  • Be able to provide a copy of the policy upon request to a public health inspector or other person authorized to enforce the provisions of the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA)

The health unit is still anticipating a second wave of the coronavirus this fall and winter, so Young-Hoon expects the policy to stay in place until 2021.

For more information:

NWHU - Mandatory mask use at COVID-19

Masks still required in restaurants, NWHU

Mandatory mask policy across the region coming in August

Face masks vital in fight against COVID-19, SLFNHA