Niagara Region extends mask by-law to apartments and condos

Niagara Region extends by-law to include common areas in apartments and condos.

Niagara Regional Council has passed an amendment to the face-covering by-law to include common spaces, like lobbies and elevators, in apartment buildings and condominiums in response to the second wave of COVID-19.

The temporary face-covering by-law requires that residents in the Niagara Region wear face coverings in indoor and enclosed public spaces. This by-law was passed in July and extended on Sept. 17 to remain in effect until April 1, 2021.

Exemptions to this by-law include:

  • Children under the age of five
  • A person who is unable to wear a face-covering due to a medical condition or a disability
  • A person who is unable to remove the face covering without help
  • A person who would have their breathing inhibited or restricted by wearing a face covering
  • A person while consuming food or drink provided by a business that is permitted to operate
  • A person receiving services involving the face
  • A person engaged in sport or other strenuous physical activity
  • A person while helping or accommodating another person with a hearing disability
  • Individuals working in an enclosed public space that isn’t open for public access
  • Individuals working behind a physical barrier

There is no requirement to prove these exemptions.

More information on this by-law can be found on the Niagara Region website.

Residents can also call Niagara Region Public Health’s COVID-19 Info Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, and press 7.​​​