As part of its continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Council voted to extend Niagara’s temporary face-covering by-law to April 1, 2021. The by-law requires masks in all enclosed public places in Niagara, and was set to expire on Oct. 1, 2020.
Council’s decision to extend the bylaw recognizes the long-term nature of the pandemic, and the continued importance of following public health measures – such as physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in public.
Since the by-law came into effect on July 31, the Region’s approach has been to educate the public and gain voluntary compliance. Since the by-law came into effect on July 31, the vast majority of both businesses and residents have embraced the requirements.
Face-covering by-law reminders
- The by-law applies only to enclosed public places. It does not apply to outdoor locations or to indoor locations accessible only to staff.
- While the by-law sets minimum requirements for face-coverings, individual businesses may implement their own policies that exceed the requirements of the by-law
- The by-law includes a number of exemptions. Not everyone can wear a mask and many disabilities are invisible. There's no requirement for people to prove they are exempt.
COVID-19 questions? Residents can learn more about Niagara's Face-Covering By-law on our website, or call Niagara Region Public Health's COVID-19 Info Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, and press 7.
"It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and will continue to affect our communities into next year. Regional Council’s decision to extend the Face-covering By-law reflects Niagara’s united commitment to safeguarding the health of our communities by following established public health advice" ~ Jim Bradley, Niagara Regional Chair