The City of Toronto has once again changed its bylaws to adhere to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the province of Ontario prepares to enter Phase 1 on June 11th, it has been revealed that residents will be required to wear face masks and coverings inside all the common areas of condominiums, including apartments and businesses.
The temporary by-laws are now extended until the end of City Council’s September 30th and October 1st meetings.
“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.”
Here are the bylaws that are extended:
- 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.