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There is no evidence to support that wearing a face mask will protect you from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds using warm water and soap and practice social distancing.
On the recommendation of Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa, this week, the city's council approved a temporary bylaw making masks and facial coverings mandatory in public indoor settings as the economy reopens and employees return to work during Stage 2.
"I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for all of us to remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic," said De Villa.
The bylaw will take effect July 7 and will be under monthly review until the first city council meeting of the Fall on Sept. 30. As of Thursday, Ontario confirmed 149 and 153 new occurrences of COVID-19 over the last two days, with the number of active cases province-wide now under 2,000.
“It's the right thing to do on balance to make sure that we try to get our numbers to continue to improve and that we also make sure that we stop the spread of the virus," Mayor John Tory said moments before voting in favour of the bylaw.
The mayors of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon also announced they intend to pass similar bylaws.
I'm encouraged by today’s Council decision requiring masks or face coverings in all indoor public spaces. As we continue to move forward living with #COVID19, this action will help reduce virus spread in our city together with other public health measures. https://t.co/1D2kB7z6kp
— Dr. Eileen de Villa (@epdevilla) June 30, 2020
Until the emerging directions officially come into place, the city's public transit system has officially made it mandatory for staff and passengers to wear a mask.
"It [will] give people, I believe, a greater degree of confidence about riding transit," Tory said.
Changes to riding the TTC effective July 2:
- All door boarding
- Cloth masks/face covering mandatory for customers and staff
- Cash, TTC ticket and token payment returning on buses (paper transfers will be available)
For more information: https://t.co/FQifC9nbQi pic.twitter.com/VW84mEtXpJ
— TTC Customer Service (@TTChelps) July 1, 2020
Since the emergence of new science revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic in April, Dr. Theresa Tam began encouraging Canadians to wear face masks to help cut down on transmission from those who are infected by the novel coronavirus but are asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) or presymptomatic.
"A non-medical mask can reduce the chance of your respiratory droplets coming into contact with others or landing on surfaces," Tam said. "The science is not certain but we need to do everything that we can and it seems a sensible thing to do."
Non-medical masks refer to any mask or cloth facial coverings that aren’t N95 respirators or surgical/procedurals.
Users are strongly advised to use non-surgical face masks with proper care:
Non-surgical/cloth face coverings should be washed routinely, depending on frequent use.
Sterilize and clean non-surgical/cloth face coverings through the washing machine.
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of #coronavirus. Growing evidence suggests the virus can spread • Before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and • From people who have the virus but never show symptoms (asymptomatic). Cloth face coverings help prevent spread of #COVID19 in these situations. Learn more about these coverings and how you can make one: https://bit.ly/CDC-FaceCovering #facemask #publichealth #CDC
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Looking to stock up on non-medical masks? Scroll and shop some of our favourites below.
Fiorucci’s Angels Face Masks are made to fit close to the face for protection and are secured with soft and stretchy ear loops that provide all-day comfort. 100 per cent of profits from these masks will be donated to the International Red Cross.
Wear it. Wash it. Wear it again. ♻️ Made to reuse, not resell. Our face cover is available* on adidas.com in the US and Europe now and coming to more places soon. ‼️ *Note that as we sell out in countries where it is available, we will continue to restock in the upcoming weeks.
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Made with soft, breathable fabric, Adidas’ Face Cover made to be comfortable, washable and reusable for practicing healthy habits every day.
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, so does the need for self-protective measures. Face masks, worn in combination with practicing proper hygiene and social distancing, are key when entering situations where keeping your distance is not possible. That’s why we’re introducing OV Masks with 100% of the proceeds going to @DirectRelief. These non-medical-grade face masks can be worn to protect each other as well as free up medical-grade masks for those on the frontlines. Masks will begin shipping mid-May, but you can join the waitlist now. Over the past few weeks we’ve also been working hard to give back to other organizations. Here a few ways we’ve taken action and helped our community: We’ve donated material to @OrendaTribe and @BYellowtail, two indigenous upcycling designers, to make over 12,000 masks for the Pueblo community near Albuquerque and an indigenous eldercare facility in the Western agency. We’ve contributed hundreds of clothing items to @deliveringgood’s efforts to help families and individuals around the U.S. impacted by COVID-19, including those facing poverty, homelessness, and job loss. We’ve partnered with instructors from around the country to provide access to free fitness classes each week to keep our community #DoingThings safely at home and supporting our local studio partners. We’ve continued to offer all healthcare workers an ongoing 30% discount, which can be activated by emailing email@example.com. Keep Doing Good Things and stay safe 💙
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Offering 5-pack of non-medical-grade reusable face masks ($25) made with Textured Compression, Outdoor Voices will be donating all of the proceeds to Masks for the People.
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With every purchase of Lisa Says Gah knit mask ($24) purchase, the fashion brand will be donating $1 to the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. $1 provides 2 meals to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbours get the food they need!
The contemporary designer label introduces non-medical grade masks sold in sets of three ($30) with a Buy One, Give One initiative. For every set sold, Staud will be donating a set of masks to the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles.
The boho-chic retailer is the latest brand to offer a selection of reusable face masks to shoppers and is partnering with the nonprofit organization GetUsPPE. For every post shared on social media with the hashtag #SliceOfHappy, the brand will donate $5 towards providing healthcare workers with personal protective equipment.
Coming soon! Limited edition Kendra Scott mask sets of 2 ✨ For every purchase of these masks, we'll donate one mask to a frontline worker. Pre-order at the link in profile. Pre-order is available online only. Mask set of 2 ships later June. More designs to come!
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The limited-edition Kendra Scott Face Mask Set ($30) includes two non-medical masks. For every purchase of these masks, the brand will donate one mask to a frontline worker.
Last week we asked you to send in your MAKE IT FASHION pics to be in with a chance of starring on our Instagram – and you did! Thank you for making us smile looking through them all. Our favorite submission this week was from one of our Toronto customers, Sam, who told us it was “refreshing to have a fun reason to get dressed."
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The Seattle-based retailer is proud to now offer face masks for sale on Nordstrom.com. With each customer purchase of a pack of six face masks ($24), Nordstrom will donate one mask to Good+ Foundation.
These masks are made with soft, lightweight cotton so your littles are comfortably covered. With every three-pack ($20) purchase, Gap Inc. is helping to get masks to those who need them most, including a donation of 50,000 reusable masks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, which has many Clubhouses still open and operational as a safe place for kids and families in underserved communities.
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Old Navy is now selling non-medical face masks for the whole family! They're made with three layers of 100% cotton poplin and are designed according to the CDC recommendations for non-medical-grade masks. Old Navy is proud to be donating 50,000 of these masks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, Gap Inc. is supplying millions of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to frontline healthcare workers.
Mask packs ($15) include five reusable, personal-use, non-medical-grade cloth face masks for adults, in assorted colours, prints and patterns.
Healthcare workers around the world are risking their lives to protect our communities and working longer hours than ever before. A few have reached out to our team asking for support, and we have been working diligently to supply them with care packages. But we want to do more. One area of need seems to be comfortable sneakers. So today, we're partnering with @sneakersforheroes and donating 5,000 Everlane Trainers to healthcare workers in America’s hardest-hit communities. We hope it gives them some of the support they need right now. Happy Nurses Week—thank you for keeping us safe.
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Supporting Feeding America and their COVID-19 relief efforts, Everlane is donating reusable masks for every purchase of their mask three-pack ($40). Each non-medical mask is made from a double-layer knit fabric and features cotton-Lyrca earloops for stretch and comfort.
We’re back—we missed you! As we start to welcome back our employees and customers into select stores, we’re committed to helping make the shopping experience a safe one. Thanks to our store employees for working hard to implement enhanced safety measures to help keep our team and customers safe. Tap link in bio to learn more about our safety measures, and head to our Store Finder on Athleta.com to learn more about your local store.
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Athleta designed its machine-washable 5 Pack Non-Medical Face Masks ($30) with three breathable fabric: lightweight outer layer and two inner layers of soft, breathable cotton. Doing their part to give back to the community, they’re also donating 100,000 non-medical masks to a major healthcare organization in support of our heroes on the front line.
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The label has pivoted its production, to manufacture and distribute cotton face mask. For every 3-pack mask ($12) sold, they will be donating a mask to local Los Angeles communities and local senior centers.
SUPPORT YOUR SQUAD ❤️ Together we have the power to make a difference. Here’s what we’ve done so far, and how you can help—link in bio to learn more: • Donated 30,000 N95 Masks 🏥 This week, we’re proud to have procured and donated 30,000 FDA approved N95 masks which are being distributed to 18 hospitals and clinics across the country • Non-Medical Masks Available 💌 We’ve produced non-medical masks which are available now to purchase on our site. For every mask you purchase we will be donating one mask to a local organization in need • Donating $1,000,000 of Denim 👖 As a small token of our appreciation to the incredible front-line workers and medical professionals providing aid to those affected, Good American is donating $1,000,000 worth of denim to hospital staff in partnership with #PitneyBowes
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Khloe Kardashian’s Good American label is now producing non-medical denim masks ($7). For every mask purchase, one will be donated to a local organization in need.
Disney is committed to serving the communities where we live and work. During these challenging times, we’re using the power of our timeless stories and beloved characters to address our guests’ needs for family-friendly reusable cloth face coverings, also referred to as non-medical cloth face masks. Disney is donating one million cloth face coverings for children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the U.S. that will be distributed by MedShare (www.medshare.org). Disney will also donate all profits from the sales in the U.S. of Disney’s cloth face coverings to Medshare, up to $1 million, now through September 30, 2020. // Link in bio
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Now available for pre-order, Disney is offering family-friendly reusable cloth face masks ($20) adorned with your beloved characters.
Disney is donating one million cloth face masks for children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the U.S. that will be distributed by MedShare. They will also donate all profits from the sales in the U.S. of Disney’s cloth face masks to Medshare, up to $1 million, now through Sep. 30.
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Reformation has partnered with The City of Los Angeles on LA Protects, an initiative to organize local manufacturers to make five million non-medical masks. You have the options to purchase a five-pack of non-medical mask ($38) for yourself or donate it to someone else who is in need through the retailer’s website.
NOW AVAILABLE: SKIMS Face Masks in 5 colors at SKIMS.COM. Buy 4 for $25 now and enjoy free shipping on domestic orders, while supplies last. To support the COVID-19 relief work efforts and help protect those on the frontline, SKIMS is donating 10,000 Seamless Face Masks to our charitable partners: @baby2baby, @goodplusfdn, @lafoodbank, and @domesticworkers.
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Kim Kardashian’s clothing line is now offering non-medical, reusable and washable face masks ($8).
To support COVID-19 relief efforts and protect those particularly vulnerable to the virus, SKIMS is donating 10,000 Seamless Face Masks to the following charitable partners: Baby2Baby, Good+ Foundation, LA Food Bank, and National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Frank and Oak have commissioned in-house technical designers to sew masks from upcycled shirts. The set of two non-medical, 100% cotton masks is made reusable and adjustable at the chin to reduce gaps. All proceeds will go towards non-profit organization, Moisson Montréal, dedicated to redistributing food donations and basic commodities to organizations on the Island of Montreal that help those in need.
We’re proud to partner with @mlb to launch a new initiative supporting healthcare workers and emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 surges and face a drastic need for masks and hospital gowns. We are utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to immediately begin making masks and gowns out of the exact same jersey fabric that the players wear on the field. These items will be distributed immediately to hospitals and emergency personnel in Pennsylvania with the goal to extend across New York and New Jersey.
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Since pausing the production of MLB player jerseys, Fanatics has been using the fabric to produce single-use face masks that will be donated to state governments and hospitals. According to the Sports retailer’s website, the masks were created to "address the shortage of critical supplies, during the current public health emergency."
Sports fans and customers can also shop 100 per cent cotton masks (starting at $15) on the site to continue repping their favourite teams.
Mask production in full effect with my one woman assembly line over here. I’m so glad I happened to have all the supplies needed for this in my apartment already. Thank you all for your orders - masks and the new spring pieces! 🌸 Hoodie + leggings sale still going on with free shipping. Going to have to pause on taking new mask orders at some point today so I can finish making current orders and masks needed for donation. But you’ll be able to sign up for a restock notification. 🤍🤍🤍 Stay strong NYC.
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The New York City-based label has created non-medical cotton face masks ($30) that are available in a variety of prints and quantities. Masks include an inside pocket opening for a filter to be placed in-between the two layers of fabric, offering you more protection. (Filters are not included and you should use a new one with every use).
#StandApart #MaskTogether !! Our washable reusable masks are now for sale and tagged here! For every mask sold we donate a mask to hospitals and communities in need! Everyone must wear masks...! (More prints coming soon!) #BUYONEGIVEONE available now on aliceandolivia.com
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Alice and Olivia have introduced the Stacefact Protective Face Mask ($15). For every mask sold, they will be donating one to communities in need.
We've Got You Covered 💛| MOTHER is partnering with the city of LA to produce non-medical masks for our workers in essential sectors. Today we are also selling a set of 2 non-medical masks with $10 being donated to @nokidhungry campaign who is making sure kids get the food they need - during school closures and all year long. 🍎 And remember, the best thing you can do right now to protect yourself and the community is to #stayhome
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The denim authority brand is partnering with the city of LA to produce non-medical masks for the workers in essential sectors. For every mask set ($20) sold through Apr 30, $10 will be contributed to No Kid Hungry.
The Canadian label has launched limited-edition face masks ($25) with a built-in, removable 3M system for extra protection. For every purchase made of the Limited Edition Spencer Badu Face Mask, they will be giving away another in support of #NGH1000Masks Challenge and a donation to Toronto’s Humber River Hospital.
Halting garment production, the L.A-based brands have shifted their efforts to produce non-medical masks from 100 per cent cotton for personal use and protection.
Each pack ($25) contains 5 reusable masks made from assorted custom RAILS fabrications and should be washed before first use. For every mask purchase, Rails will donate a pack to essential workers and businesses in our local communities.
Back in stock! Making white masks to support healthcare workers & clinics is our top priority so thank you for your patience as we made more leopard face masks for you. These 100% cotton masks are molded and feature a double layer of interfacing non-woven fabric which acts as a filter. Each are washable & reusable and come in an assorted 2-pack. #TheNewEssentials
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Michael Stars mask pack ($32) offers two washable & reusable masks with stretch elastic ear straps in both grey & black. The brand is also working to produce and distribute masks total to LA Protects and local health clinics and organizations who are in need.
Los Angeles Apparel’s 3-Pack FACEMASK ($43) is made of 100 per cent cotton and features an adjustable nose that you can form to the contours of your face. Featuring two straps, it can be worn around the head and neck that can be tied and tightened to preferred fit. All purchases of the 3-Pack FACEMASK help fund our ability to donate masks to other essential services while providing living wages
To ease the strain on medical masks, Encircled is making non-medical masks for the community. You can buy a five-pack, or donate a five-pack, or both. All donations will go to Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital #PPEDrive.
Currently sold out but now available for pre-order.
Sanctuary’s limited-edition Essential Lifestyle Fashion Masks is designed to create a barrier to protect you from the environment around you, while also making you feel confident. This unisex PPE mask comes in an assortment of our stylish signature prints. Each purchase of a five-pack ($26), we will provide masks to organizations in need.
In support of @masks4medicine New York-based designer, Collina Strada, continues to make 100 per cent cotton to the organization and will be giving away a free mask with each purchase on the label’s website.
The denim label has joined forces with the LA Protects and Mayor Eric Garcetti to produce non-medical face masks in their LA-based manufacturing facilities. For every four-pack of masks sold ($29), PAIGE will donate a pack to be distributed to those on the frontlines.