Last updated: August 25, 2020 at 12:50 p.m.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to provide guidance to individuals and businesses on the City’s bylaws requiring the wearing of mask or face coverings in enclosed public spaces, and general guidance on mask use from Toronto Public Health. This guidance is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon or treated as legal advice. Users seeking legal advice should consult with a qualified legal professional.
Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces beginning July 7, 2020 under City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020 and in enclosed common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums, beginning August 5, 2020, under City of Toronto By-Law 664-2020. The mask or face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gapping. Wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. This means that, with some exceptions, all customers or visitors entering an indoor premise or apartment and condominium common area are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside.
The mask bylaw has a set fine of $1,000 for each offence.
The bylaw applies to indoor spaces that are openly accessible to the public. See sample list:
*The bylaw allows for temporary removal of a mask or face covering when having a meal, and when receiving personal care services to the face (such as facials, facial hair grooming, piercing, micropigmentation), and while actively engaging in any athletic or fitness activity that would make wearing a mask difficult or hazardous. Fitness activities may include all water-based or aerobic activities such as swimming, running, spinning, elliptical training, rowing, and aerobic dancing.
The bylaw does not apply to the following premises, even if they would fall under the definition of an establishment:
A mask or face covering is required when entering the premise, and for the duration of their time inside. The mask or face covering must be worn in any enclosed area that is openly accessible to the public, and for the purpose of offering goods and services.
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Non-medical masks or face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE), and may not be suitable for occupational health and safety purposes. Employers and employees should consult and follow their Occupational Health and Safety guidelines to ensure that measures that are appropriate to their particular work setting are followed. If PPE is not required, employees are required to wear a mask or face covering in enclosed public spaces, with some exceptions such as employees working in an area designated for them and not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier.
A face shield is not an alternative to a mask. Learn more about masks or face coverings.
Read Toronto Public Health’s Guidance on the Mask and Face Covering Bylaw, including a sample policy and checklist for businesses and organizations.
Apartment building owners and condominium corporations must develop and adopt a policy to ensure that everyone wears a mask or face covering while in enclosed common areas, including elevators, hallways, lobbies, laundry rooms and other shared facilities. For more information and requirements, read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for commercial and residential buildings.
Note: Businesses are not permitted to require proof that an exemption applies.