Thank-you for showing interest into why certain of your customers/patrons are claiming "exemption" to the Mandatory Mask Law. If a customer has given you this address with a verbal "fuck you, I am exempt.. visit IAMEXEMPT.ca to learn more" we apologize for your patron's seemingly outrageous behaviour, if you believe it to be offensive. It's not necessarily because they're an asshole, but just because they're sick of being harassed and discriminated against because they cannot, or choose not to (for health or ideological reasons) wear a mask. Please step back and allow this customer to shop to his/her content, and provide service to them like you would any other slave.
Afterwards, please feel free to submit a Complaint about your customer's behaviour, and complete the specifics about this incident as best you can, so that we can properly address the issue and prevent your customer from dragging you before a Social Justice Tribunal, and avoid an equally or more costly Divisional Court judgement being provided against you.
This is an ideological conflict, and unfortunately the public has been generally misinformed or misled about their rights and responsibilities under the Reopening Ontario Act. This has led to often inappropriate behaviour on both sides of the ideological divide, and we hope to dispel the unjustified fear and anger that is rampant between those who believe we must each wear a mask, and those who believe that they are exempt from wearing a mask.
Note: Despite the cycling roll-back to Stage 1/2/3, the Exemptions are boilerplate codification of identical wording:
- Rules for Areas in Stage 1, O Reg 82/20 (Last updated from the e-Laws site on 2021-01-25)
- Rules for Areas in Stage 2, O Reg 263/20 (Last updated from the e-Laws site on 2021-01-25)
- Rules for Areas in Stage 3, O Reg 364/20 (Last updated from the e-Laws site on 2021-01-25)
*Current and verified as of February 01, 2021.
- The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person in the indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, wears a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area unless the person in the indoor area,
- is a child who is younger than two years of age;
- is attending a school or private school within the meaning of the Education Act that is operated in accordance with a return to school direction issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
- is attending a child care program at a place that is in compliance with the child care re-opening guidance issued by the Ministry of Education;
- is receiving residential services and supports in a residence listed in the definition of “residential services and supports” in subsection 4 (2) of the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008;
- is in a correctional institution or in a custody and detention program for young persons in conflict with the law;
- is performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance;
- has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
- is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person;
- needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering while in the indoor area,
- to receive services that require the removal of their mask or face covering,
- to engage in an athletic or fitness activity,
- to consume food or drink, or
- as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety;
- is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005;
- is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code; or
- performs work for the business or organization, is in an area that is not accessible to members of the public and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person while in the indoor area.
- Subsection (4) does not apply with respect to premises that are used as a dwelling if the person responsible for the business or organization ensures that persons in the premises who are not entitled to an exception set out in subsection (4) wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin in any common areas of the premises in which persons are unable to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons.
- For greater certainty, it is not necessary for a person to present evidence to the person responsible for a business or place that they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection (4).
- A person shall wear appropriate personal protective equipment that provides protection of the person’s eyes, nose and mouth if, in the course of providing services, the person,
- is required to come within two metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers that person’s mouth, nose and chin during any period when that person is in an indoor area; and
- is not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier from a person described in clause (a).