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9/15/20 3:19 PM

Mandatory mask use policy update

In Toronto, over the last several weeks, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, which is concerning for all of us. As the Medical Officer of Health indicated last week, it isn’t a matter of if we’ll see more COVID-19 activity in our city, it’s a matter of when. We need to be vigilant in our actions to keep each other safe as we go to work, send our kids back to school, and spend more time inside as cooler weather arrives.

Safety Notice – Mandatory mask use policy update

Mandatory use of face coverings or masks on the TTC and in indoor public spaces throughout Ontario has been in place since the beginning of July. The TTC is introducing further protective measures for its employees in response to the increase in ridership, reopening of schools, and the inevitable resurgence of COVID-19 infections in our community.

Starting on Thursday, September 17, 2020, face coverings or masks are mandatory in all shared TTC spaces, both indoors and outdoors. This also applies to Operators when they are behind the protective barrier or in the cab. It is important to remember that when you are wearing a mask or face covering it must cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gapping.

I would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation with this policy and for helping to continue stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Betty Hasserjian
Chief Safety Officer (acting)
Safety and Environment
September 15, 2020

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