A growing body of scientific evidence suggests the use of masks is an inexpensive, acceptable, and non-invasive measure to help control the spread of COVID-19. Modelling studies suggest that if there is a high level of compliance in the wearing of masks, COVID-19 spread can be reduced.
On June 30, Council adopted a recommendation from the Medical Officer of Health and the City Solicitor on requiring masks or face coverings in enclosed public places in Toronto. The Medical Officer of Health has recommended City Council enact a temporary bylaw effective July 7 requiring the wearing of masks or face coverings in enclosed public settings to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
This decision will temporary regulation requiring masks and face coverings in indoor public spaces.
Masks or face coverings will be required on TTC vehicles July 2 and are already required on City ferries to Toronto Island Park, as well as in certain business settings, like salons and tattoo parlours, as prescribed by orders under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
In adopting this measure, the City of Toronto joins other surrounding municipalities like Brampton, Mississauga and others to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.