Face coverings are now mandatory in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s region.
Coming into effect on July 24, face masks or coverings must be worn in all enclosed public spaces. This includes businesses and public transportation.
The Health Unit also stresses that face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing, and all prior health guidelines should still be followed.
A face covering, as described by the Health Unit’s website: “is a cloth face covering, or other face covering with preferably two layers of material that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin and is in contact with the surrounding face without gapping in order to contain coughs, sneezes and respiratory spit and spray of the person wearing the face covering. Face coverings such as a bandana, scarf, cloth, niqab or burka are not designed to filter air and do not have a number of layers; however, they are a better alternative if a face covering is not available.”
As for owners and operators of outdoor public spaces, they are still expected to ensure physical distancing measures and promote proper hand hygiene.
When visiting a restaurant, face coverings are not required while seated at a table; however, they will be required while picking up food, going to the washroom or walking in the common areas of a restaurant.
The Health Unit has not recorded a COVID-19 case since July 6.
The Health Unit urges anyone who has questions about the mandate to visit myhealthunit.ca/facecoverings