Everywhere you need to wear a face mask in Mississauga and Brampton

Jul 9 2020, 9:48 am

Starting Friday, July 10, you will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces in Brampton and Mississauga, as a by-law will be put into effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the City of Brampton, they have followed the advice of Peel Public Health to make masks a requirement.

Masks will be required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton until October 1, 2020. The city will also be distributing one million non-medical masks to its residents.

“As we’ve heard from our public health officials, mandatory masks are an integral part of stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

“To continue to move beyond this virus, we are ready to take all necessary precautions and it is why the City will be distributing one million non-medical masks to Brampton residents.”

As of July 2, non-medical masks were also made mandatory on all Brampton Transit buses and at terminals.

In Mississauga, the city has said that children under the age of two are exempt from wearing a mask or facial covering.

Exceptions also include those who have trouble breathing or are otherwise unable to wear a mask for a medical reason.

“We want to get life back to normal as soon as possible, allow more businesses to open more quickly, and get our city facilities re-opened as soon as possible,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“To do this, we need to remain vigilant, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, but also wear a mask in indoor spaces where the spread of the virus can happen more easily.”

To enforce the by-law, Mississauga will be taking the approach of education and awareness first. Enforcement will follow and will be the responsibility of the City’s By-law enforcement officers.

Spaces in Brampton where non-medical masks or face coverings will be required include the following:

  • 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, mosques and other places of worship, except during a religious rite or ceremony conducted that is incompatible with the face being covered
  • indoor community and recreational facilities
  • shopping malls or a similar structure that contains multiple places of business
  • businesses providing personal care services
  • common areas of hotels and motels and other short-term accommodations
  • libraries, museums, galleries, and other similar facilities
  • banquet halls, conventions centres, arenas, stadiums, and other event spaces
  • concert venues, theatres, cinemas, casinos, and other entertainment establishments
  • premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre, or other facility for real estate purposes
  • Personal Transportation Company Vehicles operating within the City of Brampton
  • buildings operated by the Municipality
  • other businesses, organizations and places that are or may be permitted to operate in accordance with the Emergency Orders

Spaces in Mississauga where non-medical masks or face coverings will be required include:

  • retail stores
  • shopping malls
  • restaurants
  • businesses that primarily sell food, including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and convenience stores
  • churches, mosques and other places of worship, except during a religious rite or ceremony that is incompatible with the face being covered
  • indoor sports and recreational facilities
  • shopping malls or a similar structure that contains multiple places of business
  • commercial establishments providing personal care services that are permitted to open under the Emergency Orders
  • common areas of hotels and motels and other short-term accommodations, such as lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms or other common use facilities, but not the common areas of residential apartments buildings, or condominiums
  • libraries, museums, galleries, and other similar facilities
  • banquet halls, conventions centres, arenas, stadiums, and other event spaces
  • concert venues, theatres, cinemas, casinos, and other entertainment establishments
  • premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre, or other facility for real estate purposes
  • MiWay buses, taxis, and private vehicles for hire such as Uber and Lyft
  • municipal buildings
  • other businesses that are permitted to operate in accordance with the emergency orders
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