City Council extends temporary by-law that makes masks mandatory in indoor public spaces.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 as schools and businesses reopen, City Council today extended, until the end of October, the temporary by-law that makes masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. Masks are also mandatory in the common areas of condos and apartment buildings. Council can extend the temporary by-law again at a future meeting.
Council delegated authority to the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services to require masks as needed in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Based on advice from the Medical Officer of Health, the General Manager can make masks mandatory in any high-risk area for up to 60 days, and rescind the order once the risk is reduced.
Residents are encouraged to continue practicing physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and stay home when sick.
The City remains in a state of emergency to maintain the flexibility required to respond to potential outbreaks of COVID-19 or a second wave of infection. Council received an update on the City’s service recovery and reopening activities, which incorporate guidance from public health officials and remain focused on the health and safety of staff and residents. The Human Needs Task Force continues to support our most vulnerable residents, including those who are at-risk, living in group homes and shelters, and experiencing homelessness. Council will receive a status update next month on the impact of COVID-19 on the City’s budget and associated financial mitigation measures.