Starting today, APH is recommending wearing a mask whenever you use transit, go shopping or any organization.
No doubt there will be some tempers flaring, arguments and ill feelings as wearing a mask at indoor facilities becomes the new normal – at least for now.
The argument of course is the wearing of a mask is deemed mandatory, it is not enforceable.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie issued a release on the Sault entering stage 3 re-opening today.
That includes playgrounds, increasing the amount of people in one space, now up to 100 in outdoor settings.
As part of the Ontario Government’s Stage 3 plan, the City of Sault Ste. Marie will implement further service modifications to a number of areas.
Outdoor playgrounds and play structures will be open for use beginning July 17. It is advisable to practice physical distancing of at least two metres at all playgrounds and play structures, except between individuals from the same household or social circle.
Beginning July 17, under the instruction of Algoma Public Health, City employees and members of the public who enter or remain in enclosed City facilities must wear a mask or face covering. Exceptions include children under the age of two, those with respiratory or medical conditions that make it difficult to wear a mask or those who have difficulty putting a mask on themselves. Refer to on-site signage and instructions.
Gatherings (physical distancing rules still in effect)
Indoor limit is 50 people
Outdoor limit is 100 people
“As part of Stage 3 we will continue the process of preparing additional facilities to reopen in the near future. To protect the health and safety of our residents and employees, slowly reopening facilities using a planned phased approach helps to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place to limit public health risks,” says Malcolm White, CAO, City of Sault Ste. Marie. “We continue to take guidance from the Province of Ontario and move through the phases of reopening based on our resources, what is best for our community and the advice from our Public Health officials.”
The City of Sault Ste. Marie continues to work closely with all community stakeholders to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond accordingly. Users of City facilities are asked to respect protocols and signage at all times. For the most current information, updates will be posted to the City’s website at www.saultstemarie.ca/covid19 and on social media.