Coronavirus: How will the City of Toronto enforce mandatory face masks?
CA, 07 Jul 2020
As the bylaw requiring residents to wear face masks or coverings while in indoor public settings came into effect Tuesday morning, City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross explains how the mandate will be enforced.
According to the City of Toronto, all people in indoor settings are required to wear a mask except for children under the age of two, people with certain medical conditions and staff in certain private areas or areas shielded by a physical barrier. Residents aren’t required to show proof if they require a medical exemption.
The bylaw will apply to any public or private property allowed to open under the Ontario government’s reopening plan and are openly accessible, including retail stores, malls, grocery stores, restaurants, gyms and recreational facilities. People are allowed to temporarily remove a mask for an activity such as eating or drinking, or while participating in a sanctioned physical activity.
Other cities and regions in Ontario have followed, such as Peel, Durham regions and Canada's capital city, Ottawa. Officials say face coverings will be required while the Provincial Emergency Order remains in effect.
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