Muskoka's council to discuss mandatory masks; Bracebridge mayor cautions about 'knee-jerk' bylaws

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Agatha Farmer

Toronto and Peel are making masks mandatory indoors as is Kingston. Yesterday on Twitter the discussion was brought to Muskoka with a question to Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith.

This was the exchange between the mayor and the constituent;

We posted this conversation to our Muskoka Post Facebook Page to find out Muskoka's temperature on this issue. We received an overwhelming amount of comments and messages from residents, close to 500 responses from all of our posts from across the regions communities and beyond. From these comments it is rather obvious that people are split in opinion on this issue. Many with health issues such as COPD or Asthma are concerned about becoming house bound if masks become mandatory. While others just simply don't believe that a cloth mask will prevent the spread of Covid-19 given the conflicting messages issued regarding them over the last three months. While we would love to publish all the comments we screen grabbed some as samples of the multitude of opinions. Based on some of your responses we asked Smith a follow up question regarding medical exemptions.

The Simcoe Muskoka Public Health unit says that non-medical masks have limitations and need to be used safely when physical distancing is not possible, such as in a grocery store, pharmacy or taking public transit. Masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your cloth mask should be laundered regularly using a hot cycle and then dried thoroughly. You should wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.

The government of Ontario informs visitors to their site that;

Face coverings should not be placed on or used by:

  • children under the age of two

  • anyone who has trouble breathing

  • anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance

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