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Mask Policy

Mandatory Use of Mask or Face Covering within the Keewatin Curling Club

  1. Beginning August 17, 2020, all employees, visitors and customers are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within the Keewatin Curling Club. The mask or face covering must fully cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaps.

    a) The following persons are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering: - Children under two years of age, or children under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver; - Persons who cannot safely wear a mask or face covering because of medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, cognitive difficulties, hearing or communication difficulties; - Persons who cannot wear or are unable to apply or remove a mask without assistance, including those who are accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) or who have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code , R.S.O. 1990, c.H.19, as amended; - A person who is employed by or is an agent of the Operator of an Enclosed Public Space and is within or behind a physical barrier such as plexiglass.

    b) Temporary removal of the mask or face covering is permitted where necessary for the following purposes: i. Actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including while on the ice curling (although the Keewatin Curling Club recommends the use of masks or face coverings while curling); ii. Consuming food or drink; and iii. For any emergency or medical purpose.

  2. This policy will be implemented and enforced in “good faith” to primarily educate people on masks and face coverings and promote their use in enclosed public spaces.

  3. Persons with exemptions listed under 1a) are not required to show proof of exemption.

  4. Signs about the requirement to wear masks or face coverings shall be posted at all public entrances. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also be made available at all entrances and exits for persons entering or exiting the Keewatin Curling Club.

  5. Employees will be trained on the policy, including: a) How and when to provide verbal reminders of the masking requirement to persons entering the premises without a mask or face covering, and those who remove their mask or face covering for an extended period of time; b) Where and how to properly wear a mask or face covering; c) How to respond to customers who do not have a mask or face covering; d) Where people can get more information about the policy; and e) How to handle a customer who becomes aggressive about the requirement to wear a mask.

  6. A copy of this policy will be made available on request to a public health inspector or other person authorized to enforce the Reopening Ontario Act Ontario Regulation 364/20.

This policy has been created in compliance with the Letter of Instruction issued by the Medical Officer of Health under the authority of the Reopening Ontario Act Ontario Regulation 364/20.