As part of their commitment to ensure the health and safety of residents and employees, effective Saturday, August 29, 2020 the City of Winnipeg is requiring that all individuals entering City-operated facilities or using City vehicles, including Winnipeg Transit or Winnipeg Transit Plus, must wear a face mask as a means to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The authority to mandate the use of face masks in City-operated facilities is within the CAO’s existing authority. The Director of Winnipeg Transit has authority to require face masks on Winnipeg Transit vehicles, including Winnipeg Transit Plus vehicles.

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Employees will be informing residents who are not wearing a face mask that they are required to wear one. However, residents will not be denied service for refusing to wear a face mask. Note, while our primary focus is on education as we introduce these new measures, Transit riders could face a $100 fine for non-compliance. The City may implement enforcement measures if wide-spread non-compliance becomes an issue.

It is expected that the City will provide masks to members of the public for approximately two weeks, or until such time as supplies have been exhausted, to allow residents to become familiar with the requirement.

Single-use disposal face masks will be available at public City-operated facilities where masks are required, including City Hall, recreation and leisure facilities, libraries, and administrative office buildings until supplies are exhausted.