CTV News reports Amherstburg makes masks mandatory for all indoor public spaces.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said May 20 that non-medical masks should be worn when physical distancing cannot be achieved. On June 10, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit became the first in the province to make masks mandatory.
Other Ontario municipalities enacted by-laws; Toronto’s fine:
“Upon conviction of an offence under this By-law, a person or operator shall be liable to a fine in accordance with section 429 of the Municipal Act, 2001, as follows:
- A minimum of $500 and a maximum fine of $100,000.00
- In the case of a continuing offence, for each day or part of a day that the offence continues, a minimum of $500 and a maximum fine of $10,000.00, and the total of all daily fines for the offence is not limited to $100,000.00.
- In the case of a multiple offence, for each offence included in the multiple offence, a minimum fine of $500, and a maximum fine of $10,000.00, and the total of all fines for each included offence is not limited to $100,000.00.”
Enforcement is necessary, like seat belt wearing; despite education campaigns, there will always be those who refuse to comply even if it is in their, or their community’s, best interest.