Businesses in the city of Kawartha Lakes and the counties of Northumberland and Haliburton must force people to wear face masks before entering, the Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge District Health Unit announced Tuesday afternoon.
The ordinance comes into force on July 13 at 12:01 p.m.
The use of masks will be required as long as the provincial emergency order remains in force or until the Ministry of Health lifts the requirement.
“Although we have seen a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area, we want to be sure that we continue to see a decrease as we move towards the reopening of more businesses in the province”, said medical officer of health Dr. Said Lynn Noseworthy.
“We must do everything we can to avoid the risk of a resumption of activity that we have seen in other places.”
Exemptions from the facial mask requirement will be granted if:
• The person is a child under the age of two or a child under the age of five, chronologically or progressively, and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
• The person is unfit and unable to remove his mask without assistance.
• For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a non-medical mask or face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory illness, cognitive difficulties or hearing or hearing difficulties. information processing.
• For religious reasons, the person cannot wear a non-medical mask or face covering or cannot cover the face in a way that would properly control the source.
Two other cases of COVID-19 in the city of Kawartha Lakes have been resolved, the health unit also reported on Tuesday.
There are now four active cases remaining in the City of Kawartha Lakes and one in the County of Haliburton.
The City of Kawartha Lakes has recorded 170 cumulative cases, of which 147 are now resolved and 19 previous deaths from confirmed cases. The health unit also monitors five lakes in the town of Kawartha at high risk due to contact with confirmed cases.
Northumberland County has had 21 cases and all 21 are resolved. The health unit is also monitoring a high-risk Northumberland resident due to contact with a confirmed case.
Haliburton County has had 10 cases, nine of which have been resolved.
Active cases include a man in his thirties, a woman in his fifties and a man in his sixties, according to Public Health Ontario.
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The jurisdiction has a rate of 106.9 cases per 100,000 population, well below the provincial average of 265.2 cases per 100,000 population Tuesday.
The court had no institutional outbreaks on Tuesday.
According to the Correctional Service of Canada, 35 inmates were tested for COVID-19 at the medium security federal prison at Warkworth Institution, 60 kilometers east of Peterborough.