Face masks could become an essential part of our day-to-day outfits. Discussing the battle against COVID-19 in Toronto on April 30, Mayor John Tory was quizzed about the measures some stores have brought in to mandate wearing protective gear over the face. And he admitted it could become a compulsory measure in some areas of the city if it needs to be.
The 6ix has been in an official state of emergency for nearly six weeks now since it was initially declared in the city on March 23.
Tory has been talking in recent days about measures staff might have to take to protect its residents and truly flatten the curve within the city limits.
Speaking on television on Thursday morning, April 30, he was apparently asked whether some in-store policies mandating the use of protective face masks could ultimately become a citywide policy in the battle against the virus.
Per the Toronto Star, Tory suggested that the subject is already being discussed by city health staff.
"I think there will be some recommendation coming on (compulsory masks), whether it's in stores, restaurants, on the street, on the subway," Tory said, via the Star.
"We've got to come to grips with that, as to whether that’s going to help make sure, once we get the city reopening, we don’t go back to a second wave because people aren’t wearing masks.
"I just don’t know enough to know if that will be coming, that kind of order or suggestion. Then, of course, the question arises 'where do the masks come from?'
"It’s just under very active consideration as part of the recovery and reopening plans for the city."
Back on April 6, Canada's top doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, suggested that homemade masks, while not a substitute for the surgical-quality masks heavily advised for medical staff, can help prevent community public spread of the virus.
That was something of a change in approach towards homemade masks after previous suggestions they would not help protect against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, back in Toronto, Tory has already been enacting several measures aimed at slowing the spread.
This week, Toronto staff have been seen fencing off the parts of High Park that usually play host to crowds eager to see the blooming cherry blossom.
And Tory starkly warned on Wednesday that the city could cancel all remaining public events for the rest of 2020 if it needs to.
On Wednesday, the city confirmed it had surpassed 5000 cases and 300 deaths from COVID-19.