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You could get fined $500 for not wearing a mask indoors in London

The City of London is reminding people about the importance of wearing face masks indoors, after its bylaw officers spoke to about 80 people who weren’t abiding by the municipal rule. 

Bylaw officers visit more than 1,500 businesses, speak to 80 people not wearing mask

A maitre d' in a mask talks to customers outside a restaurant patio in downtown London, Ont. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The City of London is reminding people about the importance of wearing face masks indoors, after its bylaw officers spoke to about 80 people who weren't abiding by the municipal rule. 

The temporary face coverings bylaw requires people to wear face masks in all public indoor settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There are a few exceptions. They include people with medical conditions and children under the age of 12. 

In a media release issued Wednesday, the city said there is now a $500 fine for people who aren't wearing a face covering or mask, or for businesses that don't have proper signage. 

"We've been very fortunate to see a high level of compliance during our visits to businesses across the city and in speaking with Londoners," said Orest Katolyk, the city's chief bylaw enforcement officer.

Enforcement officers have visited more 1,500 businesses to make sure the bylaw is being followed.

"Officers have the discretion to now also issue fines, when necessary," said Katolyk. 

People don't have to carry proof if they qualify for an exemption.

The bylaw also allows masks to be temporarily removed when receiving services, having a meal, or engaging in athletic or fitness activity.

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