Mandatory Face Covering and Mask By-law

Wearing a face covering will be required in enclosed public spaces beginning July 10, 2020 under County of Prince Edward By-Law 115-2020. The face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin. A face shield may be permitted where a cloth face covering is not practical or possible.

Wearing face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. This means that, with some exceptions, all customers or visitors entering an enclosed public space are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside. The requirement to wear a mask or face covering also applies to an outdoor market or farm stand when physical distancing is not possible

Learn how to wear a face covering or mask safely

Information for the Public

Information for Business Owners and Operators

Information for the Public

What the Bylaw Means for You

• You must wear a face covering such as a mask or other face covering, including a bandana, scarf, or other fabric when you are in enclosed public spaces

• The face covering or mask should cover your nose, mouth and chin

• A face shield is permitted where a cloth face covering is not practical or possible

• Follow the mask policy of the business you are visiting

• Exemptions are allowed. You do not need to bring proof of your exemption

• Be respectful as businesses and others operating facilities open to the public adopt new policies to protect all of us from COVID-19

Learn how to wear a face covering or mask covering safely

Information for Business Owners and Operators

Summary of Requirements

• You must create a mask policy for your establishment

• All staff, customers, or visitors must wear a mask indoors, with some exceptions (e.g. children under the age of two and people with certain health conditions, employees in areas not open to the public or where they are protected by a physical barrier).

• No one can require employees or members of the public to provide proof of any exemption; these are based on rights in the Ontario Human Rights Code

• Signs must be posted at all entrances reminding everyone to wear a mask or face covering. Click here to download a sign that you can print and post at all entrances  ‌(PDF 167KB)

• The by-law has a fine of up to $1,000 for each offence

Businesses and Establishments that Must Follow the By-law

The by-law applies to enclosed public spaces that are openly accessible to the public:

• Stores and other establishments that sell or offer to sell food, beverages, consumer products, vehicles, equipment or other goods

• Restaurants, bars and other establishments that sell or offer to sell food or drink to the public for on-site consumption or takeout, with the exception of the patrons while consuming food and drinks in the seating areas therein

• Establishments that provide or offer to provide services, including but not limited to professional, counselling, personal care, funeral home, repair and rental services, to the public, with the exception of services related to child care and day camps, care for the elderly and persons with disabilities

• Shopping malls

• Common interior spaces accessible to the public including but not limited to lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms or other common use facilities in apartments and condos, hotels and motels, short term accommodations and private campgrounds

• Laundromats

• Concert venues, theatres and cinemas

• Fitness centres, gyms and other recreational and sports facilities

• Arcades and other amusement facilities

• Museums, galleries, historic sites and similar attractions

• Places of worship

• Community centres, including indoor recreational facilities

• Banquet halls, town halls, arenas, libraries and event spaces

• Premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre, or other facility for real estate purposes

• Municipal buildings providing services to the public

• Taxis, limos, buses and other modes of public transportation.

• Outdoor markets and farm stands when physical distancing is not possible.

People Who Do Not Have to Wear a Mask or Face Covering

• Children under five years of age

• People with an underlying medical condition or disability that inhibits their ability to wear face covering or would have difficulty breathing with a face covering on

• People who are assisting or accommodating a person with a disability

• Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance

• People who cannot wear a face covering on religious grounds

• Employees and business owners/operators who are within an area designated for them and not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier

• People engaged in a sport or other strenuous physical activity

• People who temporarily remove their mask to consumefood or drink or when necessary for the purpose of receiving services

• People requiring emergency or medical attention.

Note: No one may require employees or members of the public to provide proof of any exemptions.

Areas Where People Must Wear a Face Covering

A face covering is required when entering the premise, and for the duration of their time inside. The face covering must be worn in any enclosed area that is openly accessible to the public, and for the purpose of offering goods and services.

If your service or activity is not open to the public, a mask or face covering is not required. For example, a private office, shipping/receiving area, staff lounge, stock / storage room.

Providing Service to People Unable to Wear a Face Covering

Not everyone is able to wear a face covering. Please be respectful of people who are unable to wear one due to health, age or other reasons.

Use of Non-Medical Masks in Workplaces

Non-medical masks or face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE), and may not be suitable for occupational health and safety purposes. Employers and employees should consult and follow their occupational health and safety guidelines to ensure that measures that are appropriate to their particular work setting are followed. This by-law does not impact any requirements for PPE that may exist based on provincial or federal order or guidance.

If PPE is not required, employees are required to wear a face covering or mask in enclosed public spaces, with some exceptions such as employees working in an area designated for them and not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier.