BRALEY-RATTAI: Pandemic-era retail: No shoes, no shirt, no mask — no service?

Alison Braley-Rattai, Assistant Professor of Labour Studies at Brock University, had a piece recently published in The Conversation about the application of human rights law to mask wearing in the retail sector.

She writes:

“Masking is currently required to access retail stores across Canada amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Presently, every province has regulations in place that require customers to wear masks before entering stores to shop.

 All such regulations include exemptions for those unable to mask owing to a disability. However, not all store masking policies include these exemptions. 

 The inability to mask for medical reasons raises important questions about the application of well-established principles of human rights law to the retail sector.”

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