City mask regulation expires, but masks remain mandatory indoors

The province-wide masking regulations remain in force.

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More than a year after it was enacted, the City of Ottawa’s temporary mandatory mask ordinance expires this week.

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But that does not mean that masks are no longer necessary in confined spaces in the city.

“The city’s decision not to renew its own temporary mandatory mask ordinance beyond the August 26, 2021 expiration date does not mean that the need or requirement for masks will be lifted,” the city said in a statement released Monday.

The province-wide masking regulations remain in force.

Face masks remain mandatory in shops, museums, shopping centers and on the road. Those who do not follow the regulations or wear the mask correctly will still be fined.

The city said the bylaws were originally passed before provincial regulations went into effect.

It has been extended several times since it came into effect in July 2020.

The city said it could reintroduce a local ordinance if the situation in Ottawa differs from the rest of the province.

Masks are widely known to help reduce transmission of not only COVID-19 but other infectious diseases as well.

Information on the province’s masking plan is available at: www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks

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