Masks Become “Mandatory” Today as the Sault Enters Stage 3 Reopening

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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.

Playgrounds

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.

Masking

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.

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    • LOL that’s why masks have never prevented pandemics in history. You have to take them off! The moment you do…if you’re sick you instantly contaminate your environment, and the virus continues.

    • There’s no sick people in algoma. That’s why we’re going into stage 3 openning province wide. The pandemic is over. News alert…..more people will always be getting sick…forever.

    • Bill sorry is it over or will people always be getting sick? There are going to be more cases in Algoma because of visitors. The fact that u think it’s over is why it will spread. Not sure if you’ve seen the news about what is going on in the States?

    • Laurie Hopkinson Yes there will be visitors. It’s a virus…….it’s not going away. People are still catching SARS and H1N1 and everything else under the sun in small amounts too. The same will happen with covic-19 for years to come. Mass herd immunity is what prevents pandemics. Right now, this pandemic is over in algoma(not that we ever had one). If you aren’t going to lift restrictions when nobody is sick then when do you? Almost every goal that was set has been accomplished. Yes the states went into full riot mode…..blame BLM and Antifa for that. Our borders are still closed(for the most part). We’re ok. The province of ontario agrees.

  1. Not such a big deal really. It’s short term annoyance for the greater good
    Why are people so selfish? If you knew someone affected by this it would change your mind. Those who complain are untouched by the devastation
    I was a dental hygienist for years and wore a mask- I never questioned it, it was just done to protect myself and patients…this is same thing

  2. I’m not a huge mask fan myself but I wore one yesterday, didn’t kill me. I sense a protest against masks locally coming soon. Aph wrote today that it’s REQUIRED and MANDATORY to wear one. 🤷‍♀️

  3. Become mandatory? But yet the article says “Starting today, APH is recommending wearing a mask whenever you use transit, go shopping or any organization.”
    ?!?🤦🏾‍♂️

  4. Anything that may help in containing this virus and keeping us from a second wave is worth a try , we need to eradicate it and we need to get the economy back on track . To the people who believe this virus is nothing to worry about , please look at the death rate in the US , this is what happens when the population is in denial and chose to ignore caution . If you don’t like wearing a mask you wouldn’t like a ventilator , no one is invincible .

      • Lisa Gjos One case that we know of currently? Do you think every single person goes to get tested when they have symptoms? And what about the asymptomatic people? Use your noggin.

        • My brother went and got tested, came back negative. But he still can’t get in too see mother becouse test results are not on line yet. By the time that happens a person could have been in contact with someone who has it..the system under the Liberals just doesn’t work.

    • Bull! Name the businesses. I doubt that any business is going to risk a fine or having to close down over just having to wear masks and requiring their customers to do so as well.

  5. I guess what I’m sending out there is maybe new ideas for more sanitary innovative products for public disposal of feminine products …and maybe they would get flushed.

  6. If I really really really need something at the store or a mask is needed to assure a transaction for the resurrence of those people ..ya what’s the problem wearing one until that’s done …. now put it in a bag and dispose of it in a sanitary place like for example the most disgusting thing in a bathroom sthal would be the disposal of those such trash items…. But nobody has ever raised any concern about that .. #janitorialpublicworks employee for a minute so.

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