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How are mask laws being enforced?

How are mask laws being enforced? In Côte Saint-Luc, Que, those who don’t follow the bylaw risk fines of up to $500. Most other authorities, such as the Ottawa and Toronto transit authorities, say they plan to focus more on education than penalties. That said, both Côte Saint-Luc and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph are asking businesses to bar people …

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Where in Canada are masks mandatory so far?

Where in Canada are masks mandatory so far? Most mandatory mask regulations in Canada so far concern transportation situations where people may have trouble physically distancing. Transport Canada made masks mandatory for air passengers starting in April. Some transit agencies in Ontario have announced that masks will be mandatory on buses, streetcars and trains, including Ottawa, …

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Mask Research

Most research on masks so far has involved medical settings or households with a person known to be infected, said Dr. Mark Loeb, a McMaster University professor who studies infectious diseases and recently reviewed the evidence on masks and the spread of respiratory illnesses. When it comes to mask wearing in the wider community, most …

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Why do some advocates think voluntary recommendations aren’t good enough?

Why do some advocates think voluntary recommendations aren’t good enough? A national group of health-care professionals and epidemiologists called Masks4Canada and a group in Quebec have recently called for more laws making masks mandatory in certain circumstances. Masks4Canada has written an open letter to federal health officials asking them to recommend such laws to lower levels of government for: All indoor spaces outside the home, …

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Mandatory mask laws are spreading in Canada

Some communities across Canada have started making non-medical face masks mandatory on public transit — or even in businesses or indoor spaces — to curb the spread of COVID-19. Some doctors and epidemiologists are calling for such laws to be more widespread. But others warn about the potential negative impacts and say the scientific evidence …

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