Feb 01, 2021
By Jane Brown
A masking advertising campaign begins Monday to ensure that residents of condo and apartment buildings in Toronto are wearing masks in common areas.
Carleton Grant is executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards at the City of Toronto.
He told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, inspectors first went last week to 12 buildings where there have been at least 10 complaints.
“They will talk to the property manager, talk to the landlord, see what’s happening in that building and ensure that they have the appropriate signage and the appropriate policy in place, Grant explained. He also told Libby wearing a mask is all about individual responsibility for the common good.
“Almost half of our city live in vertical communities, in apartment buildings and condominiums, so it’s just really critical that everyone needs to respect the rules and respect everyone’s right to stay healthy,” Grant continues. Listen to Libby’s full conversation on masking in apartment building and condo common areas by clicking here.
Provincial reopening legislation does not give bylaw inspectors the authority to issue tickets to residents who fail to follow the masking bylaw.
Instead, city staff have had to rely on education campaigns to secure compliance, including providing sample policy for mandatory masks and examples of appropriate signage.