The Regional Municipality Of York


Mandatory Non-Medical Face Masks and Coverings - York Region

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If you live in York Region and you plan to visit a commercial establishment be prepared to put on a mask.  The Regional Municipality of York’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karim Kurji issued instructions that, effective Friday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m., require operators of indoor retail establishments and organizations to have a policy in place that prohibits persons from entering premises of the establishment if the person is not wearing a non-medical face covering, subject to appropriate exemptions.

Any customer, employee or visitor who enters a commercial business must wear a mask or face covering. All business owners and operators in York Region must have policies in place to stop people from entering if they are not wearing a face covering.

Non-medical face masks and face coverings, such as bandanas or cloth masks, are an easy and effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Important Facts for Face Coverings

  • Face coverings should use at least two layers of tightly woven fabric
  • Use a combination of high thread count cotton with other materials such as silk, chiffon or flannel
  • Masks should not be made with non-breathable materials such as plastic; or materials which can easily fall apart, such as paper tissues
  • Cloth or disposable masks can be re-used throughout the day if clean and intact
  • Do not place your used mask into your pocket
  • Do not share your mask with others

It is important to remember a face covering or non-medical face mask is not a substitute for physical distancing. Non-medical face masks and coverings are an added layer of protection, especially in indoor settings where physical distancing might be difficult.

Follow these Dos and Don’ts to learn more about what to do and what not to do when it comes to wearing and caring for face coverings and non-medical face masks.

To learn more about how to protect yourself during COVID-19, including frequently asked questions about face coverings and non-medical face masks, visit

Together, by thinking of others and sacrificing a little personal comfort when we’re out in public, York Region can stop the spread of COVID-19.

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