Public Advisory

There is a Provincial Order in place, effective October 9th, 2020, mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions.  For details, visit the Face Masks and Face Coverings in Ontario. Also view the Grey Bruce Health Unit FAQ for Masks and Face Coverings.

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Fake COVID-19 Face Mask Medical Exemption Card

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Fake COVID-19 Face Mask Medical Exemption Card

The Grey Bruce Health Unit advises the public there is no requirement for a COVID-19 Face Mask Medical Exemption Card or anything similar. These card are being sold as a scam.

Medical Exemption Cards, a doctor’s note or any other exemption affidavit is not required for anyone unable to wear a face covering for medical or other reasons.

Persons exempt from wearing face coverings include:

  • a child under the age of 2 years or a child under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering
  • anyone incapacitated and unable to remove their face covering without assistance;
  • when wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe in any way;
  • for any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information
  • The obligation to provide reasonable accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code requires exemption from this requirement.


Attachment: Sample of Fake Face Mask Medical Exemption Card


For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269 or

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