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Temporary Mask and Hand-Sanitizer By-law
Posted Oct-01-2020

Temporary Mask and Hand-Sanitizer By-law

New Temporary Mask and Hand-Sanitizer By-law for Enclosed Common Areas in Condominium, Multi-Unit Residential, and Mixed Commercial/Residential Buildings

On October 13, 2020 Brockville City Council passed a by-law requiring that anyone who enters any enclosed common areas of multi-unit residential buildings be required to wear a face covering/mask in an appropriate manner as outlined by public health officials. This by-law is intended to protect residents and help to prevent outbreaks.

This by-law is in line with instructions issued by the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit requiring the use of masks in indoor public spaces, and is designed to help residents apply the same practices within the buildings they live in that they have been following throughout the community. Bylaw #073-2020 can be found here.

Masks are an additional measure to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, in addition to practicing proper hand hygiene and cough & sneeze etiquette, staying home when sick, staying physically distanced from others (at least 2m or 6'), and cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Building Operator Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that a poster with the following message is available at all entrances to enclosed common areas in your building:
    • “All persons entering or remaining in the enclosed common areas of these premises must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, and chin as required under City of Brockville By-law #073-2020”
    • To make things easier, a poster has been developed that you can simply print off and post. Click here to download a copy of the poster.
  • Have hand sanitizer available at all entrances and exits (for greater clarity, exits designated as emergency exits only that do not permit entrance are not required to have hand sanitizer placed at them)
  • This applies for Enclosed Common Areas(1) of a Condominium, Multi-Unit Residential(2) or Mixed Commercial/Residential(3) Buildings

Resident’s Responsibilities:

  • Wear an appropriate face covering/mask in accordance with the by-law, (in the same manner that follows our local Health Unit’s Instructions for entering enclosed public areas) when entering enclosed common areas of your building. An appropriate face covering is one that fully covers your mouth, nose, and chin with no gaping.
    • Exceptions include people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, or children under two years old, or those who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Proof of exemption is not required. Face shields are allowed if you have an exemption.
    • A person may temporarily remove their mask while in the enclosed common area for the purposes of (i) receiving services that require the removal of their mask; (ii) actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity; (iii) consuming food or drink; or (iv) an emergency or medical purpose.

(1) An “Enclosed Common Area” is any interior shared space or amenity, including but not limited to, and entrance, lobby, hallway, staircase, laundry room, elevator, or gym, found in a Condominium, Multi-Unit Residential or Mixed Commercial/Residential Building. As a rule of thumb, this means anywhere in your building that is outside of your own private residential unit, you will be required to wear a face mask.

(2) A "Multi-Unit Residential Building” means a building used primarily for residential purposes, that contains more than one individual dwelling unit, that are not classified as Long Term Care Homes under the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 or Retirement Homes under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010;

(3) A “Mixed Commercial/Residential Building” means a building or structure which is used for a mixture of commercial and residential use.