A temporary bylaw making non-medical masks mandatory in public indoor spaces is currently in effect across Toronto.
Mayor John Tory had this to say at a news conference: “It is about respecting and protecting each other.
“We hope there are more and more people out in the stores and in the businesses across the city. We want that to happen for the sake of our economy and for the sake of returning to a nearer to normal kind of life.”
The only exceptions will be for a person who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, as well as for children under two years old. The city has previously said there will not be “aggressive enforcement” of the new bylaw, and that the city will instead focus on educating the public about the importance of the order.
Masks have worked to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in other jurisdictions in which residents consistently wear them, and a mandatory mask rule should result in higher uptake, Toronto’s medical officer of health Eileen de Villa said last week.
Similar policies are expected to come into force throughout the Greater Toronto Area in coming days and weeks.
Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, as well as York and Durham regions, are all considering bylaws of their own, though they are at various stages in the implementation process.
Bottom line is don’t leave home without a mask, especially if you intend to visit any indoor space.