Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favor of requiring face masks in all indoor public places starting July 7 to help stop the spread of Covid-19, according to a statement from the city.
Businesses must adopt a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn in indoor public spaces under their control.
It will apply to all indoor spaces that are openly accessible to the public, including retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools, churches, and common areas in hotels, motels and short-term rentals, among others.
The mandate will expire the day of Toronto’s first council meeting after their summer recess, currently scheduled for September 30, unless extended by council.
Toronto’s medical officer of health will review the recommendations regarding masks and face coverings on a monthly basis and report if any changes are needed before that date, according to the statement.