Mayor John Tory announced that he recommends making face masks mandatory for passengers onboard the TTC as an increased safety precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The recommendation to make masks mandatory on the TTC will be presented in a report about the agency’s COVID-19 response published Thursday and the recommendation will then be debated at the agency’s board meeting next Wednesday.
If approved by the Toronto Transit Commission board, this rule would go into effect July 2.
Mayor Tory also said the City plans to give out 1 million masks, with a focus on low-income and marginalized communities
Tory also noted that the TTC will continue to have enhanced cleaning on the vehicles and stations.
The news comes after Mississauga, Brampton, and Ottawa implemented the same protocol.
The news follows the Ontario government announcing Thursday that it recommends all public transit riders in the province should wear face coverings or non-medical masks to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The provincial government also urged commuters to practice physical distancing whenever possible and proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and the installation of physical barriers between drivers and passengers along with frequent cleanings.
"People must continue to exercise caution when on public transit because physical distancing will be a challenge," said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health. "I urge everyone to follow our public health guidelines. They may seem simple, but they are effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. And if you are worried you have the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, please get tested."