Mayor Tory expected to make mandatory masks announcement

No Plans To Make Masks Mandatory

York Region's public transit is also making masks mandatory starting Thursday.

On Friday, Kingston, a city east of Toronto, made it mandatory to wear face masks in indoor public spaces after an outbreak where five people tested positive for COVID-19 at a nail salon.

"If you're in large groups, wear a mask, wear a face covering of some sort and practise social distancing".

Masks will become mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Toronto.

"It is about public spaces where the general public has free and ready access, to try and limit the risk", de Villa said. There's even less backing for mandatory mask-wearing in Alberta, 41 per cent, in Atlantic Canada, 49 per cent, and in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 34 per cent. Those people should try their best to remain physically distanced from others while in public spaces.

Children under the age of two will be exempt, as will anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

The bylaw takes effect on July 7. She said in absence of the province stepping in, she recommended council approve a bylaw.

What does this mean for schools reopening in early September?

Though officials had hoped mandatory mask rules would be implemented by the province, GTHA mayors met Monday to discuss a regional response. "It is apples and oranges".

Will there be a fine for not wearing a mask?

The mayor admitted there would not be "aggressive enforcement" when it comes to the mask policy, but rather his government will focus on education.

"To be candid about it we don't really have the resources to go around and look at every store and look at every person that is in one of those places", he said.

"We're going to rely largely on education and public awareness", Tory said.

Tory said masks are a sign of respect and mutual protection.

Who else is doing this?

He was joined by Tory, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua in a request to make face coverings mandatory indoors, provincially. The use of masks on the TTC will not be enforced, officials have said. "I encourage them to do that".

Why is this policy necessary?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, while urging people to use masks, has said a provincial order would be hard to enforce and that local officials have the power to mandate masks as they see fit.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, said there is growing evidence that shows non medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and noted many cities in the US are seeing a resurgence in cases since reopening.

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