One day after an outbreak of COVID-19 was reported in a nail salon in Kingston, the health unit announced that face masks are now required in all indoor public places. Mayor Bryan Paterson announced that the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, has issued a public health order requiring that a mask be worn inside any indoor public place.
“That means masks will be needed to get to grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, hair and nail salons, as well as community centers, places of worship, libraries and indoors buses and taxis, “said Paterson in a video posted on YouTube.
The requirement for a mandatory face mask comes after the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington health units have linked 16 cases of COVID-19 to Binh’s Nails and Spa.
The health unit asked 500 clients who visited the show between June 12 and 24 to be tested for COVID-19 and to isolate themselves for 14 days.
The health unit says that companies who fail to wear a face mask will be fined $ 5,000 a day.
The following people are exempt from wearing a face covering:
- A child under two years of age
A child under the age of 5 who refuses to wear a face cover and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver
Wearing a face mask would prevent the person from breathing in any way
For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory illness, cognitive difficulties, or hearing or information processing difficulties.
The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and the Government of Ontario have strongly recommended that people wear face masks when physical distance is not possible.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti plans to introduce a motion next month to make masks mandatory in indoor and overcrowded outdoor spaces where physical distance is not possible.
Prime Minister Doug Ford told reporters on Friday that if he agreed to make masks mandatory, it would not be possible to enforce them.
Ford says Ontario does not have “the manpower to have police officers and police chase people without mask,” adding, “I encourage everyone, but we just can’t not enforce it, that’s the problem here. ”
With files by CTV News Toronto’s Mariam Katawazi
The KFL & A Public Health Unit now says that 16 cases of COVID-19 are linked to the show, not 18 as reported on Friday morning.