Ontario Mask Exemption

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Requirements (applies in addition to regional bylaws)

Businesses and organizations must ensure that persons located in an indoor area within their premises, or a vehicle that operates as part of the business or organization, wear a mask. Requirement also applies to persons in line for outdoor recreational amenities, and on downhill ski lifts.


  • Children under age 2
  • Person with medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask
  • Persons unable to put on or remove mask without assistance
  • Temporary removal of mask to:
    • Receive services that require mask removal
    • Engage in athletic or fitness activity
    • Consume food or drink
    • As may be necessary for purposes of health and safety
  • Person who is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with Human Rights Code or Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Employees in an area not accessible to members of the public, if able to maintain 2-metre physical distance from others
  • Persons attending school, or child care programs operating in compliance with Ministry of Education guidance
  • Persons performing or rehearsing in film, television, concert, artistic, theatrical, or other performance



Rules for Areas in Stage 3 Regulation (same requirements exist under Stage 1 and Stage 2 regulations)

Updated: February 16, 2021

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