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Changes to Midland, Penetanguishene public health policies begin today

'We ask that everyone be kind to one another, respect each other’s choices,' Penetanguishene officials note

Midland and Penetanguishene have changed how they operate in light of new public health measures.

Starting today, masks are no longer mandatory for those using the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre or the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. These changes follow the recent move to stop asking for proof of vaccination while also lifting capacity limits at each venue.

In Penetanguishene, the new guidelines also lift the need for masks when entering the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives and public library.

In Midland, masks are no longer required at the town’s public library, although “mask use and social distancing are still encouraged.” As well, the library had earlier started taking reservations for single-use study rooms and booking for its meeting rooms.

And at both municipal offices, masks are no longer mandatory for staff or visitors.

“We ask that everyone be kind to one another, respect each other’s choices, of which should not be questioned or commented on,” Penetanguishene officials noted in a release.

“Residents continue to be encouraged to use online options for service where possible.” A full staff directory can be found here.

In Midland, meanwhile, the town continues to encourage “'be kind masking' where everyone’s right to choose is respected. We will continue to make masks available for anyone to use.”

The Midland municipal office continues to remain open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour closure from 1-2 p.m. daily for  cleaning. Some walk-in services are available, and some services require an appointment. For a full list, click here.

The ending of mask mandates doesn’t affect Mid-Pen Transit, however, with riders expected to keep sporting masks, unless they provide proof of a medical exemption. As well, drivers will continue to wear masks.