Hamilton councillors want public to wear masks

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians are encouraging the public to wear masks or face coverings when they shop at grocery stores or when they are out in public even though local public health officials are not making the wearing of masks mandatory.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said people shopping in grocery stores should wear masks since they are in close together to other individuals and physical distancing rules are sometimes broken.

“We want to make sure people are wearing masks when they are out and about shopping because of the proximity of that two-metre range,” said Clark. “At times people are encroaching and if people are not using masks, they are not protecting their neighbours and their friends.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Maria Pearson urged the public to wear masks at “all times” if possible.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said wearing masks in public is a “wise choice” and should be applauded rather than criticized.

“It is a new world right now in terms of having to do things we would never have expected to do three to four months ago,” he said.

It was announced June 25 that Eisenberger is being tested for coronavirus after he felt some of the symptoms. His June 25 virtual town hall meeting was cancelled. The results of the test have not been completed yet. People that had been in contact with him are currently monitoring their health.

Hamilton’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ninh Tran said public health officials are “not looking at making masks mandatory” because the city has seen a low transmission rate of the coronavirus and the public has been following health guidelines on physical distancing.

“We hope we don’t have to go there,” he said.

The city, though, is requiring masks to be worn when people are using transit.

Tran said, though, the public is “encouraged” to wear masks, especially when individuals are in an area where there are expected to be large groups of people such as in grocery stores.

Clark said the public could become complacent when it comes to following the city’s health and safety rules.

“If we see everyone is going through the stores and there are no masks there really is no issue and yet what I’ve been told by all the experts is COVID is still present in the community,” said Clark.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams has said the province isn’t mandating that people wear masks. He said it will be up to individual public health units to decide if their community needs to establish such an order.

Health officials maintain that physical distancing and washing hands are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Hamilton entered Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan — along with most areas of the province June 19 — that allowed restaurant patios, beaches, pools, and service providers such as hair salons and tattoo businesses to reopen.

Since June 23, Hamilton has seen 16 cases as of June 26, totally 823. There have been 730 cases resolved and there have been 44 deaths, including the 16th death connected to the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Rosslyn Retirement Residence that was detected in mid-May. There have been 64 residents exposed to the coronavirus from the facility.

The city has no current institutional outbreaks, and there are 16 patients with the virus in hospital.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is “encouraging” people to wear masks especially when individuals are in large groups or in a shopping centre.

“We just don’t have the manpower for bylaw and police officers to be chasing people without masks,” he said.

 

 

Hamilton councillors urge individuals to wear masks when shopping

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians are encouraging the public to wear masks or face coverings when they shop at grocery stores or when they are out in public even though local public health officials are not making the wearing of masks mandatory.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said people shopping in grocery stores should wear masks since they are in close together to other individuals and physical distancing rules are sometimes broken.

“We want to make sure people are wearing masks when they are out and about shopping because of the proximity of that two-metre range,” said Clark. “At times people are encroaching and if people are not using masks, they are not protecting their neighbours and their friends.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Maria Pearson urged the public to wear masks at “all times” if possible.

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Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said wearing masks in public is a “wise choice” and should be applauded rather than criticized.

“It is a new world right now in terms of having to do things we would never have expected to do three to four months ago,” he said.

It was announced June 25 that Eisenberger is being tested for coronavirus after he felt some of the symptoms. His June 25 virtual town hall meeting was cancelled. The results of the test have not been completed yet. People that had been in contact with him are currently monitoring their health.

Hamilton’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ninh Tran said public health officials are “not looking at making masks mandatory” because the city has seen a low transmission rate of the coronavirus and the public has been following health guidelines on physical distancing.

“We hope we don’t have to go there,” he said.

The city, though, is requiring masks to be worn when people are using transit.

Tran said, though, the public is “encouraged” to wear masks, especially when individuals are in an area where there are expected to be large groups of people such as in grocery stores.

Clark said the public could become complacent when it comes to following the city’s health and safety rules.

“If we see everyone is going through the stores and there are no masks there really is no issue and yet what I’ve been told by all the experts is COVID is still present in the community,” said Clark.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams has said the province isn’t mandating that people wear masks. He said it will be up to individual public health units to decide if their community needs to establish such an order.

Health officials maintain that physical distancing and washing hands are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Hamilton entered Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan — along with most areas of the province June 19 — that allowed restaurant patios, beaches, pools, and service providers such as hair salons and tattoo businesses to reopen.

Since June 23, Hamilton has seen 16 cases as of June 26, totally 823. There have been 730 cases resolved and there have been 44 deaths, including the 16th death connected to the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Rosslyn Retirement Residence that was detected in mid-May. There have been 64 residents exposed to the coronavirus from the facility.

The city has no current institutional outbreaks, and there are 16 patients with the virus in hospital.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is “encouraging” people to wear masks especially when individuals are in large groups or in a shopping centre.

“We just don’t have the manpower for bylaw and police officers to be chasing people without masks,” he said.

 

 

Hamilton councillors urge individuals to wear masks when shopping

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians are encouraging the public to wear masks or face coverings when they shop at grocery stores or when they are out in public even though local public health officials are not making the wearing of masks mandatory.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said people shopping in grocery stores should wear masks since they are in close together to other individuals and physical distancing rules are sometimes broken.

“We want to make sure people are wearing masks when they are out and about shopping because of the proximity of that two-metre range,” said Clark. “At times people are encroaching and if people are not using masks, they are not protecting their neighbours and their friends.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Maria Pearson urged the public to wear masks at “all times” if possible.

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Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said wearing masks in public is a “wise choice” and should be applauded rather than criticized.

“It is a new world right now in terms of having to do things we would never have expected to do three to four months ago,” he said.

It was announced June 25 that Eisenberger is being tested for coronavirus after he felt some of the symptoms. His June 25 virtual town hall meeting was cancelled. The results of the test have not been completed yet. People that had been in contact with him are currently monitoring their health.

Hamilton’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ninh Tran said public health officials are “not looking at making masks mandatory” because the city has seen a low transmission rate of the coronavirus and the public has been following health guidelines on physical distancing.

“We hope we don’t have to go there,” he said.

The city, though, is requiring masks to be worn when people are using transit.

Tran said, though, the public is “encouraged” to wear masks, especially when individuals are in an area where there are expected to be large groups of people such as in grocery stores.

Clark said the public could become complacent when it comes to following the city’s health and safety rules.

“If we see everyone is going through the stores and there are no masks there really is no issue and yet what I’ve been told by all the experts is COVID is still present in the community,” said Clark.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams has said the province isn’t mandating that people wear masks. He said it will be up to individual public health units to decide if their community needs to establish such an order.

Health officials maintain that physical distancing and washing hands are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Hamilton entered Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan — along with most areas of the province June 19 — that allowed restaurant patios, beaches, pools, and service providers such as hair salons and tattoo businesses to reopen.

Since June 23, Hamilton has seen 16 cases as of June 26, totally 823. There have been 730 cases resolved and there have been 44 deaths, including the 16th death connected to the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Rosslyn Retirement Residence that was detected in mid-May. There have been 64 residents exposed to the coronavirus from the facility.

The city has no current institutional outbreaks, and there are 16 patients with the virus in hospital.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is “encouraging” people to wear masks especially when individuals are in large groups or in a shopping centre.

“We just don’t have the manpower for bylaw and police officers to be chasing people without masks,” he said.