Mandatory Wearing of Masks in Indoor Public Spaces: Some Details

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As of July 18, it will be mandatory for people age 12 and over to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Here’s some information on this new measure and some exceptions.

Where does this new measure apply?

Only indoor and partially enclosed public spaces are affected by this new measure, which aims to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Masks are mandatory in the following places:

  • stores and shopping malls (for example, grocery stores, convenience stores, and bakeries)
  • restaurants and bars
  • service companies (for example, pharmacies)
  • a professional’s private office
  • a place where municipal or government services are offered
  • personal care businesses (e.g., hairdressers, beauty care)
  • places where cultural or entertainment activities are offered (e.g., movie theatre, concert hall, museum)
  • venues used to host events such as conferences and conventions
  • places where sports or recreational activities are practiced
  • common areas of tourist accommodation establishments, including elevators
  • educational institutions (except pre-school, primary and secondary schools), including colleges and universities
  • train, bus and metro stations, river stations, and airports

Wearing a mask will also be mandatory to access or move around a lobby, reception area, or elevator in any building, other than an apartment building

As of July 13, it has also been mandatory to wear a mask on public transit (buses, metro, taxis, carpools, ferries, etc.) for people age 12 and over

Some exceptions

The following people are exempt from having to wear a mask in indoor public spaces:

  • people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask
  • people who are unable to put on or remove a mask by themselves

Children under age 12 are also exempt from the obligation to wear a mask. However, the government recommends that children age 2 to 11 wear a mask in indoor public spaces, even though it’s not mandatory.