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Masks and Face Coverings: What Condo Owners Need to Know

When and Where Should I Wear My Mask or Face Covering?

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario has, under the Reopening Ontario Act, 1998, provided several safety guidelines for the province. One of these safety guidelines is the usage of face coverings or masks in certain places across the province.

Masks or face coverings must be worn when you are in any indoor portion of the common elements and where physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained except where there are permitted exceptions under Ontario Regulation 82/20. When outdoors, wearing a mask is recommended when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Proper Mask Usage

According to Ontario’s public health guidelines, proper mask or face covering usage should consist of:

  • Ensuring that you wash your hands properly immediately before putting your mask or face covering on and immediately after you remove it;
  • Ensuring that the mask or face covering maintains is shape after washing;
  • Using a mask or face covering that is at least two layers of tightly woven cotton or linen that is large enough to fit over your nose and mouth;
  • Avoiding touching the mask or face covering or adjusting it too often;
  • Changing your mask or face covering when it becomes dirty or wet; and
  • Not sharing the mask or face covering with others.

It is important to note that some people may have reasons for not wearing masks or face coverings. Here are a few examples of individuals exempt from wearing a mask under Ontario’s public health guidelines:

  • Children under the age of two;
  • Anyone who has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask;
  • Anyone unable to put on or remove their mask without assistance from another individual; and
  • An individual who is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, or an individual who is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code.

Other Safety Considerations for Condominium Corporations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is proud to offer a suite of assistance for those looking to ensure that their condominium corporation is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this assistance, the CAO has developed “The Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework and its Impacts on Condominium Meetings and Amenities”, which can be found by clicking here. This web page is a one-stop-shop to easily navigate the provincial safety guidelines that apply to condominium corporations throughout the province.