With the recent legislation passed to make masks mandatory across public indoor spaces in Mississauga. In a move to mitigate transmission of the COVID-19 virus, mayor Bonnie Crombie has passed a new piece of legislation to ensure that those individuals living in condos/apartments are well protected. 

The council passed legislation on August 5, making masks mandatory in all condo and apartment building common areas. This precautionary move comes as the city has been seeing a drop in cases, with the intent of this legislation being to ensure that measures are continued to avoid a second wave.

Council also voted in favour of limits to restaurant capacities, a film and television reopening plan, the resumption of council and committee meetings and a review of the parks bylaw.

“Today we took the step to amend a bylaw to make face coverings mandatory in common areas of condominiums and apartments, similar to others. We want to protect the health and safety of residents wherever possible and this action will help us to remain diligent and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement. 

The city says that the amended bylaw means residents—with the exception of children under two and people with certain medical conditions—must wear non-medical masks or face-coverings (such as a bandana or scarf) in enclosed common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

The city says residential owners and operators of these buildings will be required to adopt a face-covering policy in accordance with the face-covering by-law. 

Individuals and operators caught not wearing masks without an exemption can face minimum fines not exceeding $500 and maximum penalties of $100,000.

Masks are currently required in retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants (except when eating or drinking), grocery stores, convenience stores, places of worship (except during a religious rite or ceremony that is incompatible with the face being covered), indoor sports and recreational facilities, common areas of hotels and motels and other short term accommodations, libraries, museums, galleries, theatres, concert venues, open houses, MiWay buses, taxis and ride-share vehicles, municipal buildings and other indoor spaces that are open to the public.