Make masks mandatory for public settings in the Region of Waterloo.

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As we open up for business, let's follow Guelph's lead and make mask wearing mandatory in public settings to cut down transmission and greater resurgence of infection. 

Evidence now shows wearing a mask in public settings can help reduce transmission of covid 19.

"The modeling indicated that when lockdown periods are combined with 100% face mask use, disease spread is vastly diminished, preventing resurgence for 18 months, the time frame that has frequently been cited for developing a vaccine. It also demonstrated that if people wear masks in public, it is twice as effective at reducing the R number than if face coverings are only worn after symptoms appear."

Additionally the WHO has confirmed that masks are effective, as more studies have been released. 

"The [Kitchener-Waterloo] area I believe is 1.3, I think downtown Toronto is about the same, 1.3 also. That's a bit high, so I would qualify those regions as hot zones based on that indicator."

Let's make the commitment to do everything possible to stop the spread and mask masks mandatory in public. REGION OF WATERLOO PUBLIC HEALTH, other policy makers and influencers; Please put bylaws in place to support this.