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Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw

Implemented on Nov. 24, 2020

The Town of Devon's Temporary Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw is currently in effect and it is mandatory for members of the public who are not exempt to wear a face covering or mask at all times in all publicly accessible spaces within the Town of Devon. Enactment of this Bylaw means that face coverings are now required to be worn inside all public spaces within Devon including buildings and ride-for-hire services with some exceptions.

The Bylaw states that as long as Devon remains under a "watch" as determined by the Province's Chief Medical Health Officer, face coverings must be worn in public. A watch may be implemented by the Province when there are at least 10 active COVID-19 cases and more than 50 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in a municipality. The Bylaw automatically will rescind once Devon is taken off of a watch status for 30 consecutive days.

Bylaw Exceptions

There are some key exceptions to the Bylaw including:

  • Persons under the age of 10 (Current Provincial rules supersede Bylaw, kids under 3 must wear a face covering)
  • Persons unable to place, use, or remove a face covering without assistance
  • Persons unable to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation
  • Persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of religious or spiritual ceremony
  • Persons engaged in water activities or physical exercise
  • Persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a face covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance
  • Persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a face covering

FAQ

Learn more in our Temporary Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw FAQ

Enforcement

The Town is taking a cooperative, education first approach to enforcement and trusting residents to do the right thing and routinely wear a face covering when out in public to do their part to protect each other and prevent the spread of COVID-19. First and foremost, please continue to treat each other with respect when out in the community as you never know what situation another is in or who they are trying to protect.

There are provisions to enforce a fine in the Bylaw for non-compliance, however that is that last route that would be taken by Devon's Community Peace Officers.

Face Covering Posters/Signage

Below are Bylaw posters that businesses can download and print for their business.

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