Toronto Just Extended A Bunch Of COVID-19 Bylaws & Masks Aren’t Going Anywhere Yet
You can still get a hefty fine for violating any of these bylaws.
It looks like Toronto's COVID-19 bylaws are here to stay through the summer.
The bylaws, which were set to expire on June 9, were approved for an extension by Toronto City Council. Now they won't expire until the end of September, according to a news release.
"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," it said.
This means social distancing in public areas like Toronto's parks and squares will remain in place, and restaurants must continue to implement measures like table limits and customer logs.
Masking protocols will still be in effect in shared common areas at apartments, condo buildings, and businesses, along with increased cleaning protocols, hand hygiene stations, and keeping non-essential common areas closed.
Violating the social distancing bylaw in a public area could land you a fine of $1000 to $5,000, according to the City. Violating any of the laws under the Reopening Ontario Act carries an individual fine of $750.