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Mandatory Masks

Updated July 8

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 BC and Alberta where provincial mask mandates have eased, masks are still strongly recommended when visiting a Chit Chats location.

B.C.

  • As of July 1, 2021, masks will be recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated and not required for those who are considered fully vaccinated.
  • Proof of vaccination will not be needed however, some may choose to continue to wear a mask even if fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are still strongly recommended when visiting a Chit Chats location.

Alberta

  • As of July 1, 2021, masks will be optional in most indoor public places with some specific situations where masks may be mandatory such as working in or visiting care facilities and on public transit. Municipalities and business may have their own policies for masking.
  • Masks are still strongly recommended when visiting a Chit Chats location.

Manitoba

  • The City of Winnipeg requires all individuals to wear a mask while on public transit and within City-operated facilities.
  • 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. 

Ontario

Quebec

  • 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.

Atlantic

  • 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.
  • The PEI Chief Public Health Office requires that individuals wear masks in all indoor public spaces in Prince Edward Island.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Non-medical masks will be mandatory in many public indoor settings throughout the province, effective August 24, 2020.
  • New Brunswick: Under the Yellow level, masks are mandatory in most indoor places.