As of Friday, July 31st, a by-law to impose temporary regulations requiring the use of masks or face coverings within enclosed, publicly-accessible spaces in the City of Sarnia will be in effect. 

Some individuals are exempt from wearing a mask. It is important to remember that not all medical conditions or reasons for exemption are visible. Those exempt include: 

  • Children under five years of age 
  • Persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a covering
  • Persons who are unable to place or remove a Face Covering without assistance
  • Employees or agents of the Establishment within an area designated for them and not publicly accessible or in an area separated by a physical barrier
  • Persons who are reasonably accommodate by not wearing a Face Covering in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code 
  • Persons in an Establishment, while receiving services involving the face and requiring the removal of the face covering, including but not limited to eating or drinking, or while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity 
  • Persons within an establishment, while participating in a religious service for rituals which require an uncovered mouth 

A mask or face covering can include medial or non-medical masks or face coverings. Examples include: a scarf, bandana, or cloth that cover the nose, mouth or chin without gapping. Face shields are also acceptable. 

Masks must be worn on the premises or any portion thereof which are used as a place of business for the sale or offering for sale of goods or services. 

The City of Sarnia asks that you are respectful of the rights of individuals who are exempt from wearing a mask in conformity with the exemptions provided in the Bylaw.