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Public Health expands list of places where face coverings are required

Ride sharing, places of worship and banquet halls among places added to list
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Concerned about the recent spike in numbers in the region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is expanding the rules on where face coverings are mandatory.

Beginning Friday, face coverings will also be mandatory in banquet halls, convention centres and other event spaces, galleries, museums, busses, taxis, limos, ride sharing, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other faith settings.

The update to Public Health's Section 22 Order on mandatory face coverings goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

“I am concerned by the increasing numbers in our region. We are seeing COVID-19 cases continue to rise at the same time as schools and campuses reopen. I am including additional establishments within the Section 22 Order to give us the best chance of reducing the spread of the virus," said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for WDGPH.

“Keeping COVID-19 low in the community is vital to protecting all of us and keeping our schools, businesses and other spaces open this fall. We must continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus – even as we acknowledge the pandemic fatigue we are all feeling,” said Mercer.