City of Orillia Welcome sign wearing a mask to remind others of need for face coverings in public indoor spaces

City taking unique approach as masks become mandatory

It appears the City of Orillia’s welcome signage is complying with a recent health unit order making face masks mandatory.

The city has adorned entrance signs with replica surgical masks as a reminder that face coverings are mandatory when entering and public indoor space.

“The City of Orillia has been working very hard to keep our community safe,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “At every opportunity, we are educating residents and visitors about the importance of staying vigilant in our fight against COVID-19. Basic principles of physical distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering are our greatest defense against a potential spike in the first wave, like we’ve seen in many parts of the U.S., or a second wave of the virus. The masked entrance signs into Orillia are a very creative and effective way to remind people that wearing a mask is an important way to protect themselves, their family and their neighbours.”

The wearing of face masks in public indoor spaces became mandatory as of Monday, July 13 following a directive from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit