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Burlington Mayor Sends Letters to Condo, Apartment Associations Requesting Support With Mandatory Mask Guidelines

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Today, I sent letters to the leadership and members of the Hamilton District Apartment Association (HDAA) and Condo Owners Association (COA) – Burlington asking for support from apartment and condo owners in the creation of mandatory mask guidelines in public common spaces, such as elevators and other shared spaces.

The temporary mandatory mask bylaws recently, unanimously passed by Burlington City Council and Halton Regional Council do not include condo/apartment buildings. Having these locations support our bylaws by implementing their own mask guidelines would greatly help in ensuring our community stays safe and healthy as we are positioned to enter Stage 3 this Friday.

Here are links to the letters I sent to the HDAA and COA – Burlington (I’ve also included the contents of the letters below):

I am reaching out to you today to ask for your support in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Burlington recently passed a bylaw mandating the use of masks in public indoor spaces that went into effect on Monday, July 20th. The Region of Halton passed a similar bylaw that goes into effect on Wednesday, July 22nd. These bylaws are intended to work with other measures such as physical distancing and hand-washing to keep the residents and businesses in our communities healthy by limiting transmission of this virus from person to person.

My office has received countless inquiries from residents of apartment buildings, condominiums and other multi-unit dwellings to ask for help in creating and communicating guidance to residents of such properties that requires the use of masks in shared and often tightly-confined public spaces such as elevators, stairwells, laundry rooms and common areas. Residents want to feel safe in their homes and many are encountering challenges finding ways to do so without the explicit guidance and support of their landlords.

As we continue to reopen our economy and protect our community from the effects of COVID-19, I ask for your support in influencing the establishment guidelines and related enforcement throughout your rental properties that requires the temporary wearing of masks or other face-coverings in public common spaces.

Supportive information and documentation in the creation of these materials can be found on the Burlington Economic Development website: http://bedc.ca/mask-bylaw.

Sincerely,

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

City of Burlington

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PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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