from the Simcoe Reformer July 24

Norfolk County Council has voted in favour of a bylaw requiring face coverings inside public settings.

Councillors voted in favour of the bylaw on Friday – the same day the municipality entered into Stage 3 of the province’s reopening strategy. The decision came after more than two hours of debate at a special meeting held Friday morning following a lengthy debate on the issue earlier this week.

“I think it’s important that we, as a council, take a position on this issue,” Norfolk County Coun. Amy Martin who voted in favour of the bylaw. “It’s about educating the public, it’s about public health and it’s about keeping people safe.”

In passing the bylaw, Norfolk County joins Six Nations, Brantford and Brant County as jurisdictions to pass mandatory face-covering or mask bylaws in recent weeks. Haldimand County will consider a mask bylaw on Monday.