Masks expected to be mandatory in Peel Region by Friday
Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:17AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:34PM EDT
Peel Region is one step closer to making masks and face coverings mandatory in all public indoor spaces.
Mississauga’s city council has approved a new bylaw on Wednesday making masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This comes one day after masks became mandatory in all public indoor spaces in Toronto.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie told CP24 that masks will add more protection from the virus and hopefully avert the second wave of the pandemic.
"I'm really proud of my council for stepping up and doing the right thing," the mayor said.
"I'm very pleased that there will be a coordinated approach, and people will understand if they're going inside, whether it's a retail establishment, an indoor mall, any indoor common area that a face covering will be required."
Crombie is urging those who oppose the bylaw to do the right thing in order for the city to move to phase three sooner.
"There are many bylaws that are difficult to enforce, whether it's a seatbelt bylaw, bike, helmets, motorcycle, helmets, littering, for that matter, walking your dog on a leash, but we do them because they change behaviour. They modify behaviour," she said.
"We're asking you, please, please protect your friends, your neighbours, your family. Please protect your friend whose child may be undergoing cancer treatment. Please protect those businesses that are already open, want to stay open."
Just like in Toronto, Crombie said people with medical conditions, respiratory issues and young children will be exempt from wearing masks in indoor public spaces.
Meanwhile, Brampton’s city council has also approved its bylaw on mandatory masks.
In a news release, the city said non-medical masks or face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces beginning on Friday. It will remain in effect until Oct.
"As we’ve heard from our public health officials, mandatory masks are an integral part of stopping the spread of COVID-19. To continue to move beyond this virus, we are ready to take all necessary precautions and it is why the City will be distributing one million non-medical masks to Brampton residents," Brown said in a statement.
"I am encouraged by the collective approach to mask-wearing across the GTA, and know that our residents in Brampton will continue to do their part in prioritizing and protecting the community’s health and safety."
As for enforcement, both Crombie and Brown said education is the top priority to ensure people wear masks indoors but people could be fined if they don’t comply.
In Mississauga, a fine of less than $500 is set for businesses and individuals that will not complying with the bylaw. In Brampton, those who do not adhere to the bylaw may be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000.
Yesterday, Caledon passed a bylaw making masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces as of Friday.
Burlington is following suit with a motion on mandatory face coverings presented by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Councillor Shawna Stolte.
In a joint statement issued yesterday, the city officials said they are bringing forward the motion to the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee tomorrow. A final vote is expected on Monday.
“Our understanding of the need for masks has shifted after learning more about the potential for asymptomatic spread of the virus,” said Ward and Stolte in a written press release. “We need to look ahead and be ready to use every tool available to us as we prepare for the eventual Stage 3 of the Province’s phased reopening.”
Elsewhere in the province, masks will be mandatory in Halton Hills starting tomorrow, in Durham Region on Friday and in the Waterloo area on Monday. Residents in Simcoe Muskoka will also be required to wear face coverings as of Monday.