Effective as of Tuesday, July 7, Ottawa bylaws now require mandatory face masks in all indoor public spaces.
Following this directive is important for protecting one another as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19.
However, we also have an obligation to be kind to one another.
Some residents cannot wear face coverings because of personal health limitations – so don’t make assumptions about others.
And the front lines service staff who may be asked to enforce the bylaw are simply doing their job – so be kind and respectful to them too.
Let’s face it, the pandemic has been hard on all of us, as we struggle with isolation, anxiety, loss and financial insecurity. We can all get through it with mutual respect and understanding.