Mask requirements for City services 
July 22, 2020 - As per recent direction from the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 23, face coverings or masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public spaces.

The PHU order stipulates, among other details that:
“All members of the public and employees who enter or remain in an enclosed public space of the business or organization are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gaping. Enclosed public spaces means indoor spaces of business and organizations which are accessed by the public.”

Members of the public wishing to enter any City building that is open to the public will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Should a member of the public be unwilling or unable to wear a mask or face covering, they will be directed to access services via Service Timmins’ telephone or web-based options. Members of the public will not be permitted to enter these buildings without a mask or face covering, and are expected to provide their own supply. The City will continue to remain closed for in-person meetings and all necessary meetings with the public will be performed virtually.

Staff who are dealing with members of the public are not required to wear masks or face coverings provided they continue to serve the public from behind installed safety barriers (plexi-glass) and continue to practice proper hygiene. All staff who are unable to maintain physical distancing of two metres from each other or from members of the public are required to wear a mask.

Face coverings and masks will also be required to be worn by customers who wish to access the Timmins Transit terminal, buses and shelters. It is noted, again, that face coverings or masks will not be provided, and customers are expected to provide their own supply. Service will not be denied to customers who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

“Implementing such measures will help to minimize the potential for our customers to contract or spread COVID-19 and will also help to increase ridership capacity on our buses,” explained Manager of Transit Services Fred Gerrior. “As such, previously cordoned-off seating to promote physical distancing will now be available for public use.”

The current Saturday service level remains in effect until further notice, however, it is anticipated that Transit Services will gradually return to regular hours in the coming weeks.

We would like to thank all citizens who have been successfully reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and remind everyone to continue being kind to one another through these challenging and uncertain times.
Posted by Heather Duhn On 7/22/2020 at 4:34 PM  

 
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