Mayor Tory expected to make mandatory masks announcement

Clay Curtis
July 2, 2020

Toronto Mayor John Tory and several other mayors of surrounding suburbs announced mandatory face mask orders for their cities at press conferences on Tuesday morning.

"I can not emphasize enough how important it is for all of us to remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic", said De Villa.

Canada's largest city has made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces.

Launda Campbell said she's in favour of making masks mandatory in public places indoors.

"We must keep listening to our public health experts as we transition our response into the recovery stage, and as our new information about this virus continues to emerge", Cressy said. She said masks will help indoor spaces - most of which had been closed during the earlier stages of the pandemic - stay safe.

Though residents were already required to don the protective covering when entering certain businesses, taking public transit or getting on a plane, despite the recommendations of health officials, it seems some have given up on masks as Ontario's case numbers continue on a downward trend and things start feeling a bit more normal.

If passed by council, the face masks order would apply to more than 4.3 million people inside the Toronto and Peel regions, with 2.93 million people affected in Ontario's capital.

As of Monday, there have been 14,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto and 1,090 deaths.

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This new bylaw will remain in place until the next city council meeting, scheduled for September 30, 2020.

As much as we can tell them to wear masks, they aren't wearing masks.

On Monday, chairs and mayors of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area agreed to ask the province to adopt a mandatory mask policy to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in their cities, as nearly all of Ontario enters Stage 2 of reopening.

"I encourage and compliment the regions that are doing it. but Toronto and Peel are different than Kenora and Rainy River". "It is apples and oranges".

A spokesperson for Ontario's Ministry of Health, however, pointed out that local medical officers of health have the power to implement face mask policies in their respective health regions under existing legislation, namely Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

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.

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.

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