Face-coverings required in common areas of condos and apartment buildings in Brampton
At a recent council meeting, Brampton’s temporary mandatory mask bylaw was amended to require non-medical masks or face-coverings to be worn in the common areas--think lobbies, mailrooms, hallways, elevators and garbage/recycling rooms--of condominiums and apartment buildings.
While Brampton council officially approved a mandatory mask bylaw last month, making masks and face-coverings mandatory in all indoor public spaces, the bylaw did not previously include common areas of residential buildings.
As of July 10, non-medical masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces including retail stores, inside restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and convenience stores, churches and mosques, indoor community and recreational facilities, shopping malls, common areas of hotels and motels, libraries, museums, galleries, banquet halls, conventions centres, arenas and stadiums.
As of last week, residents will now be required to always put on a mask or face covering any time they leave their units.
“This includes vestibules, lobbies, hallways, stairs, elevators, underground parking levels, meeting rooms and other common use amenity spaces,” states Brampton’s website.
This decision was made based on the advice of Peel Public Health and took effect on August 5.
On the same day, Mississauga’s city council also implemented changes to their bylaw, similar to Brampton’s.
Individuals and businesses not adhering to this by-law may be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.
While the bylaw does exempt certain individuals, including those who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to medical reasons, it is important to remember that businesses are not allowed to question medical exemption claims from customers.
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