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Acting Medical Officer of Health still recommending residents wear masks

However, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang is not issuing an order to make it mandatory for customers and workers
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Waterloo Region's Acting Medical Officer of Health is still recommending residents wear masks, when physical distancing is a challenge.

The region is one of 24 that will enter Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan on Friday.

It means businesses such as hair salons and restaurants with outdoor patios can open up again.

"For businesses that have been permitted to re-open, they need to put in place appropriate precautions, such as physical distancing and mask wearing may be appropriate to their specific setting and services. I know businesses will want to do what's recommended to protect their patrons and staff," said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang in an emailed statement to 570 NEWS.

"I continue to recommend that our residents wear a mask in all places where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, including on public transit. Let's continue to make mask wearing in such settings a part of our 'new normal'," she added.

Seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, with the number of active cases now at 110.

It's a different approach as to the one Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is taking, which as of Friday, will require all customers and workers at businesses to wear a face covering.

with files from Erin Anderson

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