Sunday, September 20, 2020

Mask by-law ‘well received’ by businesses

Chatham-Kent’s new by-law requiring the wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces is getting favourable reviews from a number of business operators, Municipal officials said in a media release.

Chatham-Kent Council approved by-law 101-2020 on Monday requiring masks in enclosed public spaces.

The By-law took effect on Friday, August 14.

Louisa Valihora, general manager of Tepperman’s in Chatham, said her company welcomes any action that can help.

“Tepperman’s is very committed to the community and to public health,” Valihora said in a media release.

“We have had a Safe Store Mission in place since we re-opened. All staff have been wearing masks since May 22. We have a concierge area where we offer masks. For us, it’s all about respect.”

Becky and Rob Haines at Comic Oasis in downtown Wallaceburg. Submitted photo.

Chatham-Kent resident Dale Rhodes wore a mask for service at the Civic Centre in Chatham on Friday morning and said “wearing a mask isn’t a big deal if it helps.”

Nancy Horak, of the Little Change Room, welcomed the move, saying, “when we re-opened May 19 we quickly realized that we had many customers from all over southwestern Ontario coming into town which was wonderful to see, however, we implemented our own mask policy to protect our staff and customers at that time.”

Dave Dawson of Instant Print and Promo said his firm is providing free ‘mask’ signs to any business that requests them.

“It’s just part of helping our community,” he said in a media release. For more information visit his website or call 519-352-6813 during business hours.

Cathy Hoffman, Chatham-Kent’s acting CAO said, “the employees of the Municipality are committed to providing services safely to the citizens of Chatham-Kent and will be wearing masks to serve our public in circumstances where Plexiglas barriers are not available. Please come with your mask and let’s continue to be in this together.”

Mayor Darrin Canniff said he’s pleased that the community will be using all of the recommended actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re emphasizing social distancing, frequent use of hand sanitizer and masks to do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible,” Mayor Canniff said in a press release.

“All three together makes us a safer community.”

To get information and answers to frequently asked questions about the new bylaw, visit the Municipality of Chatham-Kent website.

For more information on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, visit CK Public Health’s website.

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