The Province of Ontario implemented regulations on the mandatory wearing of a face covering through Ontario Regulation 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3) and Ontario Regulation 263/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 2) made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
Requirements of the regulations include:
At all times, face coverings must be worn in a manner that covers the mouth, nose and chin during any period when any person (worker or patron) is in any indoor area unless the person in the indoor area:
- is a child who is younger than two years of age
- is performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance and it is necessary for the performance
- has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering
- is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person
- needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering while in the indoor area to consume food or drink or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety
- is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
- is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code or performs work in an area that is not accessible to members of the public AND is able to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from every other person while in the indoor area.
Note that while it is not necessary for a person to present evidence that they are entitled to any of the exceptions, any patron or worker who refuses to wear a face mask when required should be asked to leave the venue.
Additional information on face coverings can be found here .