You'll have to wear a mask to shop as Brantford, Brant move to Stage 3
Brantford's bylaw starts July 17, Brant on July 20
Brantford and Brant County are the latest municipalities to mandate the wearing of masks in public indoors places, including while people use their local transit systems.
Brantford's bylaw will come into effect on the same day that it enters Stage 3 of the province's re-opening plan on Friday, July 17.
People will have to wear a mask or face covering in enclosed, public indoor spaces like retail and grocery stores. This also includes city facilities and public transit.
Council will review the duration of the bylaw on a bimonthly basis.
"As the city begins moving into stage 3 of reopening this Friday, more people will be gathering, returning to work, moving around the city, and using public transit," said Mayor Kevin Davis in a media release. "Naturally, more people in public at any given time will make physically distancing more challenging and in some cases impossible … Simply put, the use of face coverings can help save lives."
Children under the age of two and kids aged three to five who "can't be persuaded" don't have to wear a mask.
Exceptions also included people with medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear one and those who can't put a face covering on or off without assistance.
The city will also start an awareness campaign to guide people on the bylaw and how to access and safely use masks.
Brant County's mandatory mask bylaw will come into effect a few days later on July 20. It will require people to wear masks to enter businesses as well as while using Brant eRide.
Kids under the age of five are exempted, as are those with medical conditions that inhibit wearing coverings.
Brant County will review if the bylaw needs to stay in place at its next council meeting on August 11. As long as the bylaw is in effect, this will continue for each regular council meeting going forward.
Face masks do not have to be worn while eating, drinking or while working out.
In Hamilton, the number of known cases stands at 869 (860 confirmed, nine probable). Of those, 803 people have recovered and 44 people have died.
There are 22 active cases of the virus in the city.
There is one new confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Haldimand and Norfolk since Tuesday.
There are now 17 active cases in the counties. A total of 445 lab-confirmed cases have been tallied since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 396 have recovered and 32 people have died.
Brant/Brantford have added two more positive cases of the virus since Tuesday.
There have been 136 confirmed cases in the area. Of those, 120 have recovered and four people have died, meaning there are 12 active cases. One of these people are in hospital.
On Tuesday, public health officials said a second employee at the Brantford Lowes tested positive for the virus.
On Monday, health officials were notified that an employee who worked at both the Ferrero plant in Brantford and Adidas Warehouse in Brant also tested positive.
Three more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Halton Region, and five more people have recovered.
There are 41 active cases in the area, down two from Wednesday, which has seen 885 total cases (801 confirmed, 84 probable) since the pandemic began.
Of those, 819 have recovered, while 25 people have died.
In Burlington, 10 people are known to have the virus right now. The city has seen 180 cases, of which 163 have recovered and seven have died.
Twenty-four people in Niagara currently have COVID-19, up one from Wednesday.
The region has seen a total of 785 cases, up two from Wednesday, including 697 which are resolved. Sixty-four people have died of the virus.
Ohsweken Public Health confirmed a new, positive case of COVID-19 in Six Nations Territory Monday.
The new case brings the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 15. One person has died.