Lambton Shores Face Covering

The Council for the Municipality of Lambton Shores passed a Face Covering By-Law on August 18, 2020. 

It is important to remember that wearing a face covering is only one line of defense in the fight against COVID-19.  Please continue to practice Public Health guidance including hand washing, sanitizing and physical distancing.

Owners and operators of an enclosed public space are required to post notice of the Face Covering By-Law noticeably at all entrances. Click on the notice below for a printable PDF version.

Mask Required Poster

Face Covering By-Law FAQ

How long is this by-law in effect?

The by-law will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on November 26, 2020.  At that time, Council may extend the term of the by-law for an additional period of time as necessary to meet public health objectives related to COVID-19, based on public health data and other information that may be available at that time. 

What is considered a face covering?

An acceptable face covering is defined in the by-law as:  a medical grade mask or non-medical cloth mask or other face covering, including a bandana, scarf or other fabric that covers the nose, mouth and chin to create a barrier to limit the transmission of respiratory droplets. 

What type of fabric should I use for my face covering?

Look for a face covering made of tightly woven cloth or fabric (such as cotton or linen), with at least two layers. Do not use plastic or non-breathable materials.

Your face covering should:

  • Allow for easy breathing.
  • Fit securely.
  • Maintain its shape after washing and drying.
  • Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment.
  • Be large enough to cover your nose, mouth and chin. 

Can I wear a face shield instead?

For those who can wear a face covering, a face shield is not a substitute. A face shield does not protect others from your respiratory droplets.

A face covering helps to contain your respiratory droplets. A face shield protects you from other people's respiratory droplets. If you choose to wear a face shield, you must also wear a face covering that covers your nose, mouth and chin.

However, for those who cannot wear a face covering, a face shield is better than no face covering. 

Do I have to wear a face covering?

If you are in an enclosed space identified in the by-law and are not considered exempt based on the criteria below, then you are required to wear a face covering. 

  • A child who is under the age of nine (9) years old;
  • A person who is unable to wear a face covering as a result of a medical condition or a disability pursuant to the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19;
  • A person who is unable to put on or remove a face covering without assistance or for whom a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe;
  • A person who is unable to put on or remove a Face Covering without the assistance of another person;
  • A person who needs to temporarily remove his or her Face Covering while in an Enclosed Public Place for purposes of:
    • Providing or receiving services or treatment that require removal of the Face Covering;

    • Consuming food or drink within a restaurant, bar and other establishment that sells or offers to sell food or drink to the public for on-site consumption or as part of a religious activity within a place of worship;

    • An emergency or medical purpose.

  • A person engaged in a sport or other strenuous physical activity while participating in the activity;
  • A person while assisting or accommodating another person with a hearing disability; and
  • A person who is an employee or agent of the Operator and is within an area designated for employees only and not for public access, or who is within or behind a physical barrier.

Do I need to show proof of exemption?

No proof is required to show you are exempt from wearing a face covering. The expectation is that individuals who self-identify as meeting an exemption should be allowed into an enclosed public place.

Where do I have to wear a face covering?

You must wear a face covering at the following enclosed spaces throughout the Municipality of Lambton Shores:

  • Stores and other establishments that sell or offer to sell food, beverages, consumer products, vehicles, equipment or other goods;
  • Restaurants, bars and other establishments that sell or offer to sell food or drink to the public for on-site consumption or takeout, with the exception of the patrons while the seated at an area for the purpose of consuming food or drink;
  • Establishments that provide or offer to provide services, including but not limited to professional, counselling, personal care, funeral home, transportation, repair and rental services, to the public, with the exception of services related to child care and day camps, care for the elderly and persons with disabilities;
  • Lobby areas of commercial buildings;
  • Laundromats;
  • Concert venues, theatres, community centres and service clubs;
  • Fitness centres, gyms and other recreational and sports facilities;
  • Real-estate open houses;
  • Libraries, historic sites and similar places;
  • Places of worship; and
  • Municipal facilities.

Does the by-law require establishments to turn away customers if they are not wearing a face covering?

No. There is no requirement under the by-law for businesses to refuse entry to those not wearing face coverings. 

Are there areas that are exempt from this by-law?

The face covering by-law exempts the following locations.  Please be aware that you may be required to wear a face covering in these establishments depending on provincial, federal and employer policies. 

  • An enclosed public place that is owned or operated by or on behalf of the Provincial or Federal Government;
  • Schools, child care centres, day camps;
  • Hospitals, independent health facilities and offices of regulated health professionals;
  • Care facilities for the elderly and care facilities for persons with disabilities;
  • An indoor area of a building that is accessible only to employees including the area behind a physical barrier or within an area designated for them and to which the general public is not invited.

How will the by-law be enforced?

By-Law Enforcement continues to take an education-first approach, asking people to comply with the by-law and educating them on the importance of protecting each other. We are appealing to residents’ goodwill and willingness to cooperate for the greater good.

How do I report someone for not wearing a face covering?

It is important to keep in mind that municipal by-law enforcement will not be able to respond to all calls and will be focusing on education and compliance rather than enforcement. Business owners/operators can contact Lambton Shores By-Law Enforcement if non-compliance is significant and ongoing and additional educational resources and support are needed.


or call 519-243-1400 ext. 4

Is there a fine for non-compliance?

The Municipality’s primary approach to enforcement of the by-law is education, however, failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Where can I get more information about face coverings? 

Learn more about face coverings from Lambton Public Health

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