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WARMINGTON: Don't look now but mask mandates are coming back to at least one Ontario city
Nov. 24, 2022
Joe Warmington

People wondering if mask mandates will return will note that one major Ontario city is about to implement mandatory face coverings for city workers starting next week.

Trying to protect staff and the public, Burlington is the first large Ontario city re-instating mask mandates. Starting Monday, city employees must wear a mask while at work.

“We have a responsibility for the health and safety of the staff that work at the city to deliver our community services,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Wednesday. “City staff will be required to wear a mask while indoors in city workplaces.”

Will this be a one off? Or could it spread to other municipalities as faster as viruses do?

So far, the city of Toronto says count them out.

“People are free to choose to wear a mask when at work and are supported in that decision,” said Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross. “The city, however, is not mandating general mask use in its workplace.”

The Burlington measure will take effect Nov. 28th and run for at least six weeks, until Jan. 8, 2023.