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Toronto’s condominium and apartment dwellers will soon be required to mask up when accessing indoor common areas to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Toronto City Council passed a temporary by-law on Wednesday mandating that residential building owners and operators adopt face covering policies and post signs alerting visitors and residents to the new rule. The safety measure will go into effect on Wednesday, August 5th.

“This measure for masks and face coverings in common areas in apartments and condos was strongly recommended by our public health professionals,” said Mayor John Tory in a news release

“Many buildings have already done this voluntarily but we have heard from tenants and condo dwellers asking for this measure to be mandated.”

Individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons and children under the age of two will be exempt from the order. Toronto Public Health has published COVID-19 health and safety guidance for commercial and residential buildings as well as printable ‘mask required’ posters and information cards

Toronto will be moving into Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan on Friday, loosening restrictions on indoor dining, fitness facilities, playgrounds, libraries, movie theatres, community centres and more. Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted, although physical distancing and mask-wearing are still highly recommended.

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