The City has extended several temporary COVID-19 bylaws, including requiring residents to wear face masks and coverings inside common areas of businesses, apartments, and condominiums.

The temporary by-laws were set to expire on June 9, and they have now been extended until the end of Council’s September 30 and October 1 meetings.

On Wednesday, City Council approved a recommendation from Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa to extend the temporary COVID-19 bylaws, including maintaining physical distancing in City parks and public squares and requiring people to wear face masks inside common areas of businesses and condos and apartments.

The City says while vaccination levels continue to rise, with more than 72.3% of the city's adult population having now received their first dose and more than 10% having received their second dose, the impact of COVID-19 continues in Toronto with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and serious illness or death.

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Extending the City’s COVID-19 bylaws will help mitigate the risk of virus transmission through proven public health measures, including physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering.

The bylaws to be extended are:

  • Bylaws 322-2020 and 323-2020: Regulate physical distancing in City parks and public squares;
  • Bylaw 541-2020: Requires people to wear masks or face coverings in common areas of businesses, apartments, and condominiums;
  • Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings: Regulates apartment building standards, and includes temporary amendments such as the need for mandatory hand hygiene stations and public health signage, increased cleaning protocols, and the closure of non-essential common areas;
  • Chapter 545, Licensing: Specifically temporary amendments that require food and drink establishments to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (i.e. through signage, capacity, and table limits, etc.) and maintain customer logs.

“We have come a long way in our fight against COVID-19 and we want to make sure our case numbers continue to go in the right direction so that we can proceed with a safe and cautious reopening," said Mayor John Tory.

"As we start to gradually reopen thanks to increasing vaccination numbers, we need to remain vigilant to protect our community. I ask everyone to continue following public health guidance, provincial regulations, and the extended bylaws while we continue to work towards vaccinating as many people in the city as possible.”