Regional council recently voted in favour of extending Halton’s mandatory mask bylaw, which was put in place last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The vote was made during a recent virtual meeting and the bylaw will now remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2021.
The mask bylaw, which was implemented in July 2020, requires residents to wear non-medical masks or face coverings in all indoor public spaces in Halton Region.
While it was initially only supposed to remain in effect until May 31, 2021, the bylaw was recently extended by Regional Council at a virtual council meeting.
This requirement still includes exemptions for people who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons–including mental health concerns as well as children under the age of five.
During the virtual meeting, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward agreed with the decision to extend the mask bylaw and urged residents to “hang in there.”
Additionally, she stated that if the bylaw ends up having the ability to be lifted before Dec. 31, “all hands” would “be in the air to do so.”
Meed Ward has further emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant amid the pandemic in recent interviews with inhalton.com‘s Khaled Iwamura, where she discussed social gatherings and the importance of physical distancing.
For more information on the region’s mask bylaw, click here.