Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph Public Health Orders Use of Face Masks in Business


3. The spread of COVID-19 is of immediate and compelling public health importance within the jurisdiction of the Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit:

a. On March 11, 2020, the spread of COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization;

b. On March 15, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the jurisdiction of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.

vs. On March 17, 2020, the spread of COVID-19 was declared an emergency in Ontario under the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act, RSO 1990, cE9, as amended, on the grounds that COVID-19 constitutes a danger of large proportions;

re. States of emergency were subsequently declared by the city of Guelph and the counties of Dufferin and Wellington in response to COVID-19;

e. As of June 8, 2020, there is evidence of continuous transmission of COVID-19 in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit community, as evidenced by new cases not related to outbreaks or movement within the facility.

4. COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person mainly by respiratory droplets which are released through the nose and mouth, through contact with contaminated surfaces and poor hand hygiene.

5. COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who have little or no signs or symptoms of illness.

6. The accumulation of epidemiological evidence indicates that the widespread use of facial covers by all people decreases the spread of respiratory droplets, and expert advice supports the widespread use of facial covers to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 .

7. The use of face covers is recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Canada in situations where physical distance (spatial separation of individuals at least two meters) is difficult to maintain.

8. Effective June 12, 2020, commercial establishments under the jurisdiction of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit that were previously prohibited from operating by Ontario Regulation 51/20 will be permitted to resume operations in part of the reopening in stages of Ontario’s economy.

9. The reopening of commercial establishments will increase the frequency of contacts and limit the possibilities of physical distance between persons of concern to the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit who, in the absence of adequate preventive measures, will increase the number COVID cases – 19 cases under the jurisdiction of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.

10. An increase in the number of COVID-19 cases will increase the transmission of the disease, the risk of epidemics in assembly environments and the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 among the population of the Bureau’s jurisdiction. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health.

I am of the opinion, on reasonable and probable grounds, that:

a. A communicable disease exists or may exist or there is an immediate risk of an outbreak of a communicable disease in the health unit I serve;

b. Communicable disease poses a risk to the health of people in the health unit I serve; and

vs. The requirements specified in this order are necessary to reduce or eliminate the risk to health presented by the communicable disease.

I am also of the opinion that the delivery of a notice of this order to each member of the group for which it is intended is likely to cause a delay which could significantly increase the risk to the health of any person residing in the jurisdiction of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit, therefore notice must be provided by public media and the Internet by posting to: www.wdgpublichealh.ca.


The following definitions apply to this order:

A person designates any customer, client, employee or visitor who enters the establishment.

Commercial establishment and establishment means commercial premises used for the purpose of providing goods or services to the public and includes a shopping center or other structure containing a number of commercial premises.

A face cover means a medical mask or a non-medical mask or other facial coverings such as a bandana, a scarf or a fabric that covers the mouth, nose and chin providing a barrier that limits the transmission of respiratory droplets infectious.


TAKE NOTICE that each member of the group affected by this order is entitled to a hearing before the Health Services Appeal and Review Board if the member has given me written notice as well as to the of review of health services (health commissions)

Secretariat, 151 rue Bloor Ouest, 9th floor. Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T5), requesting a hearing within 15 days of the publication of this order or otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that, although a hearing may be requested, this Order effect when given to a member of the class or brought to the attention of a member of the class.

NON-COMPLIANCE with this Order is an offense to which you may be liable, on conviction, fine of not more than $ 5,000 for each day or part of a day on which the offense occurs or continues

Dr. Nicola Mercer

Medical officer,

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

160 Chancellors Road, Guelph, ON N1G 0E1


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