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Mandatory Masks in Toronto and GTA

Posted by Sue Fisher on

It will be mandatory to wear face masks while inside enclosed public spaces in Toronto starting July 7.

This measure has the support of Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and will be implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more businesses start to reopen.

Here’s what you will need to know:

When to wear a mask?

Masks will be mandatory in all public and enclosed indoor spaces, such as

  • on all Public transportation such as the TTC, ferry to the Toronto Islands
  • retail stores
  • shopping malls
  • grocery stores
  • personal services such as nail and hair salons

 When will the bylaw take effect?

 July 7

Surrounding municipalities such as Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon in Peel Region are poised to enact similar bylaws requiring masks to be worn inside public spaces. York Region is also moving to implement a mandatory mask ordinance later this week - interestingly they are also calling for mandatory masks in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Why is this policy necessary?

Experts have said that wearing a mask will prevent the wearer from spraying droplets on others, helping curb the transmission of the disease if they are asymptomatic.

Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said that requiring masks in indoor settings is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19, but that compliance will need to be as high as 80 per cent in order to work.

Qualities of a Good Cloth Mask:

  • Be at least two layers of tightly woven cotton or linen.
  • Cover over nose, mouth and chin, and be easy to breathe through.
  • Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops without gaping or impairing vision.
  • Be comfortable to avoid the need for adjustments when wearing.
  • Maintain their shape after washing and drying.
  • Not contain non-breathable materials such as plastic.

 More info about COVID-19 and Reducing Virus Spread in Toronto is s available at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-reduce-virus-spread/?accordion=face-masks-coverings-for-the-general-public

 

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