Last updated: November 22, 2022 at 3:18 p.m.

Masking Guidance

It is strongly recommended that everyone wears a high-quality, well-fitting mask in all indoor public settings, especially if around people who are at higher risk (such as children under five, seniors or those who have a health condition).

In some settings, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto or individual operators continue to require masks. Check with individual organizations to learn more about their policies.

Setting Masking Guidance
School and childcare Masks are strongly recommended in schools and child care settings. Children under 2 and those with medical exemptions are not recommended to wear a mask.
Long-term care homes Masks are required for staff, visitors and others entering long-term care homes. Visitors or caregivers are encouraged, but not required (unless otherwise noted), to wear masks when alone visiting with a resident in their room or in designated spaces in the home.
Retirement homes Masks are required for staff, visitors and others entering retirement homes. Visitors or caregivers are encouraged, but not required (unless otherwise noted), to wear masks when alone visiting with a resident in their room or in designated spaces in the home. See provincial guidance for more information.
Shelters Masks are mandatory in shelters, 24-hour respite and 24-hour women’s drop-in sites.
TTC Wheel-Trans Masks are mandatory for customers and employees using TTC’s Wheel-Trans, with exemptions for medical accommodation.
Public transit The TTC and GO Transit strongly recommend customers continue to wear masks while on vehicles and in stations.
Hospitals and other healthcare settings Many hospitals and healthcare settings in Toronto have mask policies in place. Please check directly with the hospital or healthcare facility.

 

Masks should continue to be worn in all public settings including schools if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive. Wear a mask for 10 days after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • You are a close contact of someone with COVID-19: Wear a mask for 10 days after your last exposure.

Public Health Guidance Continues

The latest guidance from Toronto Public Health is available in the COVID-19: Reduce Virus Spread Guide. Anyone who is eligible and has not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster doses, is urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

For the latest provincial COVID-19 public health measures and advice, including masking requirements, visit the Province of Ontario website.


This guide is not legal advice. To ensure compliance with all applicable provincial regulations, individuals and businesses should consult applicable Regulations and/or seek legal advice.