COVID -19: Toronto City Council approves extension of next year’s mask statute – Toronto

Toronto City Council has approved an extension of the city’s mask statute for next year as the Delta COVID-19 variant continues to circulate.

City officials said in a press release on Friday that the mask statute and rules regarding COVID-19 precautions in residential properties will now apply until 12:01 on the first day after the council meeting scheduled for January.

The vote came after a recommendation from Toronto Medical Health Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa that the statutes were extended.

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“These statutes are a temporary and necessary response to the ongoing pandemic,” the statement said.

“In addition to the recommended extension to January 2022, it is further recommended that the Toronto Health Officer continue to conduct a monthly assessment of the need to continue these statutes.”

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The mask statute requires that everyone wears masks in public indoor settings such as. Companies and in common areas in apartment buildings.

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Other rules that were extended include the requirement for apartment buildings to take specific measures to combat COVID-19, including increased cleaning, posting of Toronto Public Health signage, and implementation of hand hygiene stations.

A provincial indoor mask mandate is also in place in Ontario.

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