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Mandatory indoor mask order comes into effect Friday, July 17 for all of Algoma

Algoma Public Health announced the new rules late this afternoon
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If you weren't already wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, you've got a week to get used to it.

Algoma Public Health made the announcement late this afternoon that it is instructing Algoma residents to begin wearing masks in all indoor premises of businesses, organizations and on public transit as of Friday, July 17.

The rule covers all of Algoma and applies to businesses, organizations and public transit.

The following is the text of a news release issued by APH:

As of Friday July 17, 2020, the public will be required to wear a face covering (i.e. non-medical mask) when entering the indoor premises of businesses, organizations and on public transit systems throughout the service area of Algoma Public Health (APH).

This will be achieved through public health instructions, which are being issued today to all persons responsible for a business or organization that is open. Businesses and organizations must adopt a policy that requires people to wear a mask or face covering in all enclosed public spaces. A sample policy has been provided.

APH’s Medical Officer of Health is issuing these instructions under the authority of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) as part of ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“As the province continues to reopen, and as we continue to maintain corridors of essential travel between Algoma and other regions including southern Ontario and the US, we need to step up preventive measures in our public spaces, to keep workers and customers safe, and help business reopen safely, and stay open,” said Dr. Marlene Spruyt, Medical Officer of Health.

APH is committed to supporting local businesses and organizations. Published are a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the new requirements to go along with a Sector-Specific Guidance page where businesses/organizations can download and print signage to assist them in reopening safely.

For more information please visit or call our Healthy Workplaces line at 705-942-4646 ext. 3273