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​Face Coverings

Wearing a face covering in enclosed public places and on transit is required by both the City of Brantford (effective July 17, 2020)  and the County of Brant (effective July 20, 2020).

Face coverings are an additional tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms a face covering can help contain your own respiratory droplets when you talk, cough or sneeze. 

Choosing the right face covering 

  • Made of tightly woven cloth or fabric, with at least two layers

    • Do not use plastic or non-breathable materials

  • Secured by elastics or ties

    • Do not use tape

  • Fits snugly, with no gaps

  • Covers your nose, mouth and chin

  • Does not impair your vision

Wearing a face covering is not a replacement for other preventative measures, such as frequent handwashing and physical distancing.

Wearing a face covering 

Remember to:

  • Make sure the face covering is securely fastened and avoid touching your face 

  • Continue to wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, while wearing a face covering

    • Clean your hands before touching your face covering and after your take it off

  • Continue to practice physical distancing whenever possible 

Face coverings exemptions  

In the City of Brantford, theFace Covering By-law exempts:

  • Children under the age of two and children two to five years of age who choose not to wear a mask.
  • Those who are unable to wear a face covering as a result of a medical condition or a disability. Some disabilities are invisible so we ask people to respect that. The by-law does not require people to provide proof to support an exemption.
  • A person engaged in a sport or other strenuous physical activity.
  • A person who is assisting or accommodating someone who has a hearing loss or a hearing disability.
  • A person who is consuming food/drink as part of a religious activity within a place of worship.

In the County of Brant, theFace Covering By-law exempts:

  • A child who is five years of age or younger;
  • A person who is unable to put on or remove a face covering without assistance;
  • A person with a medical condition or other disability that inhibits their ability to wear a face covering, including persons who are reasonably accommodated pursuant to the (Ontario) Human Rights Code by not wearing a face covering;
  • Employees or agents of the owner or operator of any enclosed public place within or behind a physical barrier or within an area designated for them and to which the general public is not invited;
  • Any paramedic, fire fighter or police officer acting in the course of their duties.
No proof of any of the exemptions is required.

Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health-care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.