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Brampton’s mandatory face-covering bylaw to be extended until 2021

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Brampton’s mandatory face-covering bylaw to be extended until 2021

At a September 17 conference, Mayor Patrick Brown discussed additional measures to help cope with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the City of Brampton.

The conference featured Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health and Regional Councillor, Paul Vicente, along with Brown.

Councillor Vicente announced that Brampton City Council has extended the Brampton COVID-19 emergency measures bylaw as well as the mandatory face-coverings bylaw until January 31, 2021.

“This decision was taken to put the public health and safety of our community first,” said Vicente.

“Under the Brampton COVID-19 emergency measures bylaw, individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulations can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $100,000 for each offence.”

Back in July, following the advice of Peel Public Health, Brampton City Council passed the Brampton COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, which was initially set to remain in effect until October 1, 2020.

Beginning on Friday, July 10, non-medical masks or face coverings were required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Spaces, where non-medical masks or face coverings are required, include retail stores where goods and services are sold to customers, businesses that primarily sell food, including restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and convenience stores, churches and mosques and other places of worship, except during a religious rite or ceremony conducted that is incompatible with the face being covered.

Additionally, they are required in indoor community and recreational facilities, shopping malls or similar structure which contains multiple places of business, businesses providing personal care services, common areas of hotels and motels and other short term accommodations, libraries, museums, galleries, banquet halls, conventions centres, arenas and stadiums. 

They are also required at concert venues, theatres, cinemas, casinos, premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre, or another facility for real estate purposes, on Personal Transportation Company Vehicles operating within the City of Brampton, buildings operated by the Municipality and other businesses and organizations and places that are or may be permitted to operate in accordance with the Emergency Orders.

Individuals and businesses not adhering to this by-law may be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.

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