Face Coverings in Public Places

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household.

When you go out, the Province of Ontario requires the use of a face covering (non-medical mask, such as a cloth mask) in public indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

This includes:

  • public spaces (for example, inside stores, event spaces, entertainment facilities and common areas in hotels)
  • workplaces, even those that are not open to the public
  • vehicles that operate as part of a business or organization, including taxis and ride-shares

Learn more about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask at the Province of Ontario website.  Review the Face Coverings Commonly Asked Questions page. 

What business owners/operators need to know

Business owners/operators have the responsibility to refuse entry to individuals who are not wearing face coverings and do not fit within one of the exemptions in the provincial regulation. Businesses who have patrons attending their establishment without face coverings can face fines under the Provincial Regulation:

  • The set fine for non-compliance is $880.
  • Repeat offenders can see fines increase individually to $10,000.

Businesses also have the right to create additional standards over and above the regulation, pursuant to the Trespass to Property Act and their responsibilities under the Occupier’s Liability Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  

Review the Face Coverings Commonly Asked Questions page for answers for Business Operators/Owners.

Let's protect each other #Brantford

  • wear a face covering
  • minimize errands to a single trip where possible
  • avoid close contact with others and keep at least two metres from others outside your household
  • wash your hands regularly (or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)