One province in Canada is making face masks mandatory inside public buildings
New Brunswick is the first province in Canada to make wearing a non-medical face mask in public buildings mandatory, effective this Tuesday, June 9.
The non-medical mask or face covering will be required by anyone entering a building open to the general public.
Exceptions will be made for kids in daycare, children under the age of two, and people that can't wear a mask for medical reasons.
REVISED / No new cases; face coverings required in buildings open to the public; Zone 5 remains orangehttps://t.co/b77ViqSWIT— Government of NB (@Gov_NB) June 5, 2020
The new policy is an expansion of previous guidelines, which state that face masks are required in any location where physical distancing of two meters isn't possible.
While the government didn't provide an exact list of which buildings are to be included in the new policy, it's expected that libraries, post offices, bowling alleys, shopping malls and any other building open to the general public will be included.
I made a handy graphic for those who are confused about the new mandatory order to wear a mask while inside a building open to the public from the province of New Brunswick. #nbpoli pic.twitter.com/pY1y8KbE9H— Mark Burnett (@burnettisms) June 5, 2020
Outside of New Brunswick, only one municipality in Canada has made wearing face masks while in public mandatory: the Cote-St-Luc suburb in Montreal.
Several other cities in Canada will make face masks mandatory on public transit in the coming weeks, including Ottawa and Brampton. On Friday, Mayor John Tory said that Toronto will also consider requiring transit riders to wear face masks.
New Brunswick has reported a total of 136 cases of COVID-19 and one death throughout the pandemic. The province reported one new case on Thursday, and no new cases today.
Note that as of June 6, the New Brunswick provincial government has reversed this policy, according to a press release.
"Friday's direction regarding wearing face coverings when entering businesses open to the general public has been clarified," the release says. "Cabinet has reviewed the decision and it was not the intent to place an additional expectation on businesses or the public regarding wearing a face covering in a public space."
"Therefore, there will be no change to the state of emergency order that has been in place since May 14 regarding face coverings."
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