Kingston ON declares mask use mandatory after COVID-19 outbreak

Posted by Sue Fisher on

The city of Kingston, Ont., announced the mandatory use of masks for both workers and customers at numerous indoor locations as a consequence of an outbreak of COVID-19 at a local nail salon.

Almost a quarter of the area's total known cases are connected to this location – either via people who work at the business or are connected to someone who did.

The area Medical Officer of Health issued an order stating ‘Face coverings are now mandatory in all commercial settings.’

This requires mask usage at a wide variety of establishments and public settings, including

  • Retail stores, including malls and shopping plazas
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants
  • Farmers markets
  • Libraries
  • Faith settings
  • Personal service settings such as nail and hair salons
  • And on all Public transportation

Mandatory mask laws are spreading in Canada. The Kingston health unit is one of a small but growing number of Canadian jurisdictions to declare mask usage mandatory in most indoor public spaces.

In Ontario, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health have already implemented face covering rules while the Montreal suburb of Côte Saint-Luc will make them mandatory starting July 1.

Some Ontario transit agencies have declared mask usage mandatory on buses, streetcars and trains, including Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph.

In Ottawa, the first Canadian city to introduce such a policy, passengers have been required to cover their faces since June 15.


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