Shomporko Desk:-TORONTO – Mayor John Tory says that he will support a recommendation that would make it compulsory for residents to wear a face mask in all “indoor settings where the public gathers.”
Tory says that the bylaw will take effect on July 7, provided it is approved by the council during a meeting.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa made the declaration during a news conference at city hall on Tuesday morning, taking note of that so as to decrease the spread of COVID-19 the city needs “as many people as possible wearing cloth masks or face coverings.”
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have asked you to take care of each other. Today I am making this recommendation and asking for you to do this once again,” de Villa said in making the announcement.
The mayors and chairs of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area municipalities wrote an open letter on Monday asking the province to issue a blanket order making masks mandatory in large municipalities but Health Minister Christine Elliot refused to do so, citing the fact that local officials already have the authority to implement the policy under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
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News source: CP24