May 13, 2021
Masks are a critical public health measure that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only in certain circumstances are individuals exempt from wearing a mask in indoor public settings.
CMOH Ministerial Order 22-2021 states that starting May 13, anyone wishing to verify that they have a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask will require a medical exception letter from a health professional.
The medical exception letter must come from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist.
The medical exception letter may be presented when in a public setting, if requested by enforcement officials or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.
This change is not meant to punish people unfairly; it’s meant to ensure anyone who is capable of wearing a mask complies with a public health measure intended to keep us all safe.