July 8, 2020
Face Covering Requirements for Commercial Establishments in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties
- Face coverings or non-medical masks are strongly recommended throughout the HPEPH catchment area, in all public situations where physical distancing may not be possible.
- In addition, effective 12:00 pm on July 10, 2020, commercial businesses operating in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPEC) are required to have a policy in place that prohibits entry to individuals who are not wearing a non-medical mask/face covering.
- These policies will be enforced “in good faith” with a focus on education and reminders about requirements under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection ActStage 2.
- Those who do not comply with these requirements may be liable for a fine of $750 to $1,000 for an individual, to a maximum of $100,000 or in the case of a corporation, not more than $10,000,000 for each day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.
- A person shall be exempt from wearing a non-medical mask or face covering on the premises if:
- the person is a child under the age of two years; or a child under the age of five years chronologically or developmentally and cannot be persuaded to wear a face covering by their caregiver;
- the person has a medical condition rendering them unable to wear a non-medical mask or face covering safely;
- the person cannot apply or remove a non-medical mask or face covering without assistance;
- the person cannot wear a non-medical mask or face covering or cannot cover their face in a way that would appropriately control the source of droplets for reasons of religion or other protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 19, as amended;
- the person is employed by or an agent of the operator of an enclosed public space and that space is:
- not designated for public access,
- within or behind a physical barrier (i.e. Plexiglass).
- Businesses throughout the HPEC region shall also ensure that the place of business or facility is operated to enable members of the public in the place of business or facility to, to the fullest extent possible, maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons. In additional, all businesses must comply with instructions from public health regarding infection control, hand hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting.
For information about how to wear a mask safely, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca