Public Notice - Requirement for visitors to County facilities to wear a mask or face covering

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves and our community slowly reopens, Northumberland County continues to take numerous precautions across our operations to prevent the spread of this virus. Our utmost concern is preserving the health and well-being of our residents and staff. 

Based on the recent order issued by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDU) requiring the wearing of masks in commercial establishments, all visitors to County buildings will be required to wear a non-medical masks or face covering as of Monday, July 13. This requirement builds on recommendations from federal and provincial health authorities urging Canadians to wear non-medical face masks or face coverings in public spaces, especially when physical distancing may be a challenge. Face masks or coverings minimize the spread of infection when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Currently, Northumberland County headquarters at 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg is open to the public, with restrictions in place. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at this facility starting Monday. Should additional County facilities such as Economic Development, Tourism, Planning, and Settlement Services at 600 William Street, Cobourg, Provincial Offences offices at 860 William Street, Cobourg and the Material Recovery Facility in Grafton reopen to the public while this order is still in place, this requirement would also apply at these locations. 

This action will support the continued decline of COVID-19 cases in our community. Wearing a mask is about protecting other people, and reduces the likelihood that someone could unknowingly spread the virus to another person.

There are exemptions to this requirement. A person will be exempt from wearing a non-medical mask or face covering on the premises if:

  • The person is a child under the age of two years; or a child under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  • The person is incapacitated and unable to remove their mask without assistance;
  • For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a non-medical mask or face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information; 
  • For any religious reason, the person cannot wear a non-medical mask or face covering or cannot cover the face in a manner that would properly control the source.

The use of masks will be required while the provincial Emergency Order remains in force or until such time that the Medical Officer of Health lifts the requirement.

Northumberland County staff continue to provide services for the community, however we encourage residents to postpone non-essential visits to our facilities. Consider instead contacting our staff by email or phone, or viewing our list of forms, applications and permits that can be completed online.

For updates on County programs and services during COVID-19, along with a list of facility closures, please visit our COVID-19 Service Updates & Facility Closures page