The Toronto Transit Commission is all set to partner with the city’s poverty reduction office to distribute a million masks, starting June 29. The move comes in the wake of the transit board’s decision to make masks mandatory for all riders starting July 2. Exemptions, however, will be made for children under two years of age and for those who have medical considerations or are unable to put on or take off a face covering.
The board also said that TTC employees who work behind a physical shield or in areas not accessible to the public are also exempt from the mask rule.
There’s already seen an increase in the number of riders wearing face coverings since TTC began recommending the practice in mid-May, according to a statement recently issued by the transit agency.
While this rule doesn’t come into effect until July 2, I encourage everyone using the TTC to make sure they are wearing a face covering now to help protect and respect their fellow riders– Toronto Mayor John Tory on making masks mandatory on TTC
Toronto Mayor John Tory also gave his nod to the decision, which he said is based on public health advice to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“While this rule doesn’t come into effect until July 2, I encourage everyone using the TTC to make sure they are wearing a face covering now to help protect and respect their fellow riders,” Tory said.
The TTC said it’s taking other steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including conducting multiple vehicle and station cleanings each day and equipping subway stations with hand sanitizer dispensers.
A statement from the agency also said it doesn’t believe that strict enforcement will be necessary, but compliance rates will be monitored.