Metropolis contemplating extra measures to restrict unfold of COVID-19, together with expanded masks bylaw

Mayor John Tory says that metropolis officers are discussing extra restrictions that may very well be put in place to assist restrict the unfold of COVID-19, together with a possible growth of the masks bylaw to cowl some workplaces which are presently exempted.

The masks bylaw adopted by metropolis council in July makes face coverings obligatory in all indoor public areas in addition to enclosed widespread areas in residence buildings and condominiums but it surely doesn’t presently apply to workplaces that the general public doesn’t have entry to.

That implies that staff in workplace buildings and different locations of enterprise aren’t essentially required to put on a masks, although many employers in these settings have set their very own insurance policies requiring them.

“Within the absence of any extra motion being taken (by the province) almost about masking we’re going to see whether or not there are some issues we might do legally on the metropolis degree to have a fair broader adoption of face coverings, notably in locations like some additional facets of workplaces,” Tory stated throughout an unrelated press convention on Friday. “We’re looking at this stuff over the course of the weekend as a result of it needs to be very fastidiously thought-about within the context of our authorized capability to do issues and we could have extra to say about what we will or can’t do at the beginning of subsequent week.”

On Thursday the Ford authorities introduced that it could roll again limits on allowable social gatherings in Toronto, Peel Area and Ottawa because of the rise in COVID-19 infections in these communities.

The brand new limits, nonetheless, don’t apply to “staffed companies,” which means that eating places, bars and banquet halls can proceed to accommodate as much as 50 individuals indoors and 100 outdoor.

On Friday, Tory acknowledged that metropolis is “restricted in what it may possibly do” as a municipality however he stated that he does need workers to look at “another areas that weren’t lined by the provincial orders simply to see if there are different locations that we will make a distinction.”

“Our goal is to not make a political assertion; it’s merely to make a distinction when it comes to these very numbers that got here out immediately which are so troubling,” he stated, referencing the 130 new COVID-19 infections that had been reported within the metropolis earlier on Friday morning.