FACE MASKS RECOMMENDED, NOT MANDATORY DESPITE SPIKE AT A GTA RETAILER

Jun 16, 2020

By Christine Ross

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More than a dozen employees at a Home Depot location in Richmond Hill have tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for the home improvement company says 14 associates at its store at 50 Red Maple Drive have tested positive and are currently “in quarantine.” The store remains open.

Despite renewed calls to make masks and other face coverings mandatory, including from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, both the Premier and the Health Minister say don’t expect that rule any time soon.

“We want to work with the retailers, we don’t want to force anyone but I highly, highly recommend, when you go out, wear a face mask,” Ford told reporters at his daily pandemic briefing.

“Physical distancing is still the most important rule to follow and we should continue to do that for the foreseeable future and masks should be worn in situations where that’s not going to be possible,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Meantime, Queens Park is providing a list of guidelines for businesses to help them create their own tailor-made safety plan. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the tool kit will give the sector confidence to resume business as most of the province enters stage 2 on Friday.

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