Lambton County Council being asked to reconsider mandatory masking

Lambton County council chambers. Photo from the County of Lambton twitter page.

Sarnia’s mayor will try again Wednesday morning to convince Lambton County Council to adopt a mandatory mask bylaw.

Mike Bradley is asking the county federation’s 11 member municipalities to reconsider their decision not to legislate masks two months ago.

On July the 8th, I proposed a county-wide mask bylaw, which would have brought us in line now with almost 99 per cent of Ontario that has the same type of bylaw, that was defeated,” said Bradley. “Since then, there’s been an evolution of thinking and Petrolia, Point Edward and Lambton Shores have all supported a local bylaw.”

Bradley said he hopes councillors from those municipalities will lend support to ensure the rules are the same across the board.

“It will need the shift of a few votes and I’m hoping and optimistic that it will happen, because, do we want to be the last outpost in Ontario that does not respect the public health by masking? I have the support of Bluewater Health, the chief of staff there, 32 of the 34 medical officers of health in Ontario support the mandatory masking, and I think the time has come for the county to show that type of leadership too.”

Bradley said there’s no debate allowed under the rules.

He said if a majority support the reconsideration, he’ll ask that the rules be waived to deal with the issue the same day.

Lambton’s medical officer of health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, said his advice to county councilors¬†will most likely be the same¬†when they meet Wednesday morning.

County council’s regular meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.