A mid-morning incident brought back to light whether face masks are necessary all of the time.
A local gas station temporarily refused to allow a citizen of the city to pay for his gas inside because he could not wear a mask.
The citizen was told they were going to call the police and when he offered to call APH it was explained to him what Algoma Public Health said wouldn’t matter.
There is a current order to wear a face mask but there are also exemptions to that rule like there are to the lockdown rules inside the province.
Algoma Public Health explains these exemptions as:
Do not place a mask on
- children under age 2
- anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
- anyone that cannot remove the mask without help
The Ontario Government adds some more exemptions to that list.
Health and accommodations
(You do not need medical documentation to support any of the exceptions below.)
You do not need to wear a face-covering if you:
- have a medical condition that inhibits your ability to wear a face-covering
- are unable to put on or remove your face covering without help from someone else
- are receiving accommodations according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 or the Human Rights Code
Both organizations ask you not to abuse the exemptions if you can actually wear a mask.