Updated September 22
As of October 31, 2020, we made masks or face coverings mandatory when visiting any Chit Chats branch to align with various municipal bylaws and provincial regulations for our locations. Learn more about our Health & Safety protocols.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen some areas move to ease masking mandates in certain public spaces as many provinces move ahead with their reopening plans. We are monitoring the situation closely and will be adjusting our mask policy accordingly.
Masks or face coverings are mandatory when visiting any Chit Chats branch where provincial mandates are still in effect. In provinces where mask mandates have eased, masks are still strongly recommended when visiting a Chit Chats location.
- As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, masks will once again be mandatory in all public indoor settings for all people 12 and older regardless of vaccination status. This includes wearing a mask when visiting a Chit Chats location.
- As of September 4, 2021, masks are once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces for individuals over the age of 2. This includes wearing a mask when visiting a Chit Chats location.
- The reintroduction of this mask mandate is just one of the temporary measures introduced by Alberta’s provincial government to combat rising infections and hospitalizations in the province.
- Government of Manitoba: A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping.
- Effective Aug 7, Manitoba will move into the next stage of its reopening plan, lifting the mandatory masking requirement.
- As of Oct 3, 2020, the government of Ontario mandated that face coverings be mandatory in all indoor public settings.
- The City of Toronto passed their own bylaw to make mask-wearing indoors mandatory. Similar mandates have gone into effect in the neighboring Peel, Niagara, Hamilton, York and Durham regions.
- Municipal bylaws make indoor mask-wearing mandatory in places like Toronto and Ottawa.
- Quebec was one of the first provinces to enact province-wide mask regulations. As of July 13 2020, masks will be mandatory on all public transit in the province as well as indoor public places.
- Nova Scotia: Wearing a non-medical mask is required in most indoor public places
- As of Apr 27, new restrictions mandate that masks must be worn outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained and inside all indoor workplaces in all common areas, places where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where distance cannot be maintained.
- PEI: Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces with the exception of seated indoor events (such as church services or concerts), provided social distancing can be maintained. Masks must be worn at these types of events anytime you are out of your seat.
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Non-medical masks will be mandatory in many public indoor settings throughout the province, effective August 24, 2020.
- New Brunswick: Effective September 22, masks will be once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces.