Toronto Mayor John Tory and several other mayors of surrounding suburbs announced mandatory face masks orders for their respective cities at press conferences Tuesday morning.
Tory implored Torontonians to mask up to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a city that’s seeing a decline in cases, saying the measure will help avoid scenarios like those south of the border.
In the United States, cities in the Sun Belt are seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that experts attribute to reopening plans that states implemented too early.
Toronto’s top medical officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, will issue a report on the recommendation of face masks to city council Tuesday and councillors will vote on the new proposed bylaw. Both Tory and de Villa said they were confident council will pass the bylaw.
The order comes two weeks after Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he would not enforce mandatory masks for a province with 14.5 million people, even though he “highly, highly (recommends) it.”