Toronto city council has approved a bylaw to make masks mandatory in public indoor settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The bylaw comes into effect on July 7 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Mayor John Tory says the temporary bylaw does not affect social gatherings but will apply to all public spaces including stores and other businesses.
Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa says she made the recommendation to help Toronto move from Stage 2 of the Ontario’s reopening plan to Stage 3.
She says masks will help indoor spaces, most of which had been closed during the earlier stages of the pandemic, stay safe.
Peel and Markham council are debating similar by-laws while Kingston, Ontario has already had one in effect for a week.
Premier Doug Ford has said while he wont impose a province-wide law, he supports each region and municipality making their own decision when it comes to masks.