NewsPublic mask use will be mandatory, PHU removes decision from councils’ hands SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Tuesday, Jul. 14th, 2020 (flickr.com)Municipal councils in our region don’t have to make the use of face masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. The Porcupine Health Unit is doing it.What hasn’t been revealed yet is when the measure will go into effect. Medical officer of health Dr. Lianne Catton has told municipal officials that there will be certain allowable exemptions, but no one will have to prove that they’re in one of those categories. She also says bandanas and scarves are acceptable face coverings.