City to enforce mask compliance at 12 Toronto residential buildings

Jan 27 2021, 7:02 am

Mayor John Tory said that city staff would be going to 12 residential buildings to enforce mask compliance after they received a high volume of complaints.

On Wednesday, Tory said that a team called RentSafeTO would go to buildings with city signage on mask usage and educate the building staff and landlords on COVID-19 safety.

“We believe in education and persuasion first,” he said. “Staff will take signage that we had prepared a long time ago for landlords and who should have put it up.”

The mayor said that these 12 buildings received more than 10 complaints each out of the 263 locations surveyed of buildings not implementing strong enough rules on wearing masks in common spaces.

It was noted that if the building staff does not listen to the city’s direction, because wearing a mask in common spaces is the law, enforcement can issue tickets.

Last week, Tory said 311 had received 1,950 complaints since August 5th, when the apartment mask bylaw came into effect.

The bylaw requires that building owners or operators ensure individuals wear masks in common spaces with corresponding signage.

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