In recent days there has been a growing public demand by members of the public for mandatory masking inside stores and other establishments. This comes, as the US is experiencing its worst spike ever in COVID cases after states reopened without mandatory masking rules. Locally social media is full of complaints by posters about being in stores where either staff or fellow shoppers are showing up without masks. Now, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward issued a statement today that makes it likely that city will be ordered to mask up.
In the last few days, we have received confirmation from the Medical Officer of Health of her support for a bylaw, and I have received overwhelming support from the community and a number of businesses for such a bylaw.
I’ve been researching Section 22 mask orders directed by a Medical Officer of Health & municipal/regional bylaws (only Toronto has so far passed one). The language is similar except that Section 22 comes with $5000/day fines for businesses. There are no set fines yet for a bylaw.
Only the Medical Officer of Health can order a Section 22. For reference, the Wellington/Dufferin/Guelph Medical Officer of Health Section 22 order is here: https://t.co/M2lhfvI312?amp=1
The City of Toronto bylaw provides for exceptions & no one can be required to show proof of how they meet those exceptions. There are no set fines yet. The bylaw is temporary. It is acknowledged a bylaw would be difficult to enforce but can help with voluntary compliance. As TO put it: “Whereas it is believed that the existence of an enforceable temporary by-law requirement will help to educate the public on the importance of a properly worn mask or face covering and encourage voluntary compliance”