Canada is looking to implement a temporary bylaw mandating face masks.
Violating the face mask rule in Canada could result in fines up to $3,000 and even jail time.
“Starting today , people in Canada are required to wear face coverings at essential businesses, in public facilities, on transit, and while performing essential work,”.
“This is not a replacement for staying home and physical distancing, but it is an important step for safety.”
The rule officially goes into effect next week .So, you have until then to make or purchase your face coverings.
The mayor’s release also noted that “noncompliance is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”
It is important to note that government officials state that children aged under two years old must not wear a face covering, as it is poses a choking hazard.
Children ages three through twelve are not required to wear a face covering. If they do, they must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Government states that you must wear a protective face covering when you are doing the following:
- “Waiting in line to go inside a store”
- “Shopping at a store”
- “On public transportation (or waiting for it)”
- “In a taxi or rideshare vehicle”
- “Seeking healthcare”
- “Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings”
- “Working an essential job that interacts with the public”
Face coverings are not needed you are:
- “At home”
- “In your car alone or if you’re only with members of your household”
- “Exercising outdoors, like walking, hiking, bicycling, or running”
The announcement goes on to say that staying at home is still the best protection.