The City of Toronto has announced that it will lift mask requirements at most of its facilities starting next week.
The Ontario government has already indicated it will lift the mask mandate in most settings starting Monday, with the exception of health care facilities, long-term care homes and retirement homes. , public transport, congregate care facilities, shelters and prisons.
In a press release on Friday, the city confirmed that it will follow provincial guidelines and masking requirements for visitors and employees at most of its facilities starting next week.
The city had already moved to repeal its mask bylaw starting Monday, including an amendment that required masks to be worn in enclosed common areas of condominiums and apartment buildings.
Here are the details on where masks will no longer be needed from next week and where you will still need to wear one, at least for now:
City buildings and civic centers
Masks will no longer be required at Toronto Public Library branches, waste depots, city-run museums, St. Lawrence Market, Metro Hall, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Center, York Civic Center and East York Civic Center.
Community and recreation centers
Masks will no longer be required when visiting a community or recreation center or when participating in a city recreation program.
Masks will continue to be mandatory on all transit vehicles and at all transit stations until April 27. The masking requirement will, however, be waived in non-transit areas of Union Station starting Monday.
Long-term care homes
Masks will continue to be mandatory in all long-term care homes until at least April 27, in accordance with the provincial directive.
Masks will continue to be mandatory in all shelters until at least April 27, in accordance with provincial guidelines.
The city says its children’s services division continues to work with Toronto Public Health to determine whether it will change the masking policy at its centers, in accordance with new provincial guidelines. But it says that for now “masks will continue to be worn by childcare staff when interacting with children, their families and other staff.”
The city says masks will continue to be required for employees providing critical essential services in high-risk environments through April 27. Employees in non-high-risk environments will no longer be required to wear a mask but may choose to wear one if they wish. for.