Information for the Public:
Mandatory Face Coverings
Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 8:21 a.m., December 15, 2020
On Friday, Oct. 2, the Ontario government mandated the use of face coverings in the indoor areas of all businesses/organizations, with limited exemptions. This means that members of the public are required to wear a face covering when entering or remaining in the indoor public space of any establishment, transit vehicle, or commercial vehicle.
A face covering that contains the proper material and has a good fit can prevent your respiratory droplets from infecting someone else and may also protect you from others. A face covering must securely cover the nose, mouth and chin, and be in contact with the surrounding face without gapping. The Public Health Agency of Canada now recommends that Canadians use face coverings made of at least three-layers with one of the layers being a filter to add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19.
Exemptions for Face Coverings
While many people can safely tolerate and wear face coverings, some people cannot. It is important to remember that you cannot tell by looking at an individual whether or not they have a condition that may restrict them from wearing a face covering. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas for Stage 3 provides the exemptions for the use of face coverings. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions about Face Coverings (Peterborough Public Health)
Q&A: COVID-19 and Non-Medical Masks (Public Health Ontario)
Infographic: Face Coverings – What You Need to Know
Poster: Face Coverings: Do’s and Don’ts
Report Mandatory Mask Issues
Please review the masking section on the Reporting Complaints page before filling out the complaints form.