Toronto mayor asks council to make masks mandatory to slow spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19 Masks

TORONTO — Mayor John Tory is asking Toronto city council to make masks mandatory in public indoor settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tory said he would be voting in favour of the temporary by-law recommended by Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa at a city council meeting later Tuesday. He said he expected the by-law would have wide support from the rest of city council.

“We are in the midst of reopening our city, safely restarting the economy with an emphasis on the word safely,” Tory said at a news conference. “So we will continue to do everything we can to keep this virus from spreading.”

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

Tory said that the order will come into effect in a week’s time, if approved by city council. The proposed by-law would remain in effect into the month of September, timed around a city council meeting so the order could be extended if deemed necessary.

He also noted that the order would come into effect shortly after masks become mandatory on the TTC. That rule will come into place on Thursday.

“We hope there will be more people back on the TTC and distancing will become a greater and greater challenge,” said Tory.

Mayors from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area asked Premier Doug Ford on Monday to make masks mandatory across Ontario.

Ford rejected the idea, so Tory as well as Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown have all announced their intention to make masks mandatory in their respective municipalities.

“We know we are at a critical time in the fight against COVID-19, and that we must do everything we can to avoid the flare ups that we’ve seen in other places,” said Tory. “… All of these measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 right across the GTA.”

 

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  1. The first place people should go if this city makes masks mandatory is the ER and get a Dr’s note saying that you can’t wear one. The hospital would just be so happy.

  2. Luckily this City has been spared the brunt of Covid-19, and Saultites are not required nor really even encouraged to wear masks…… should the situation change, however, and we see cases coming up from Down South, I would be in favour of “mandatory masks.” But ONLY if we see a spike. As of now I see no need to wear a mask……….

    • Frank Montagna yes…because common sense ( which apparently you’re lacking) is better than the advice of medical research and science when it comes to combating a virus 🤨

      • If you are a health care professional p;ease explain why tens of thousands of people across this province were out protesting for weeks with no masks or social distancing and our numbers are going down, we should be spiking through the roof. As much as I think Trump is a dope he is right about one thing the media is fake news.

    • Frank Montagna is it that hard to do? Is it too much to ask to keep friends and family safe?? It’s a very small thing to ask to keep older people safe from a possible death sentence

    • Frank Montagna This happened in the states. People complaining about wearing masks Coming up with all these reasons for Not wearing them. So they don’t and the numbers are huge. It’s simple. Stop the spread. Wear a mask and social distance. We can all do our small part

    • Christine Neal if you want to wear a mask I applaud you! However until their is scientific evidence that backs the importance of masks I don’t believe it. I do practice social distancing however

      • There is plenary of scientific evidence. You can choose not to look at it or believe it all you want. Wearing a mask prevents the droplets that carry Covid from becoming a cloud of toxic air.
        An infected person emits 20-40 virus/minute by breathing. Tens of thousands of virus/minute are emitted by speaking, and up to 200,000,000 virus can get out with a sneeze.
        It takes a virus load of around 1,000 to become infected.
        If you pass the virus to someone today, there will be 1,024 cases in 30 days without social distancing.
        The death rate is 3% (much higher in closed quarters like LTCs)
        So if you unknowingly spread the virus before you notice symptoms, you could kill 30 people’s parents in a month.
        But it’s a hassle for some people, especially xoviduits that don’t care about anyone but themselves.

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