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Toronto COVID-19 status update: Leash-free dog parks reopen, some in-store shopping allowed

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TORONTO, ON., May 19, 2020 — With some activities and services set to resume this week, Toronto residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to public health advice. 

As of tomorrow at 12:01 a.m., stores with separate street-front entrances are permitted to offer in-store shopping, provided businesses impose measures that enable physical distancing and are safe for staff, customers, and the community. The City also announced today that leash-free dog parks are now reopened but it is super important that dog owners maintain their distance of 2 metres or more away from each other.

While this stage of our recovery is positive news, the City says it is imperative all people continue to practice physical distancing and frequent hand washing to limit the spread of this virus. 

Toronto cases and deaths due to COVID-19

There are 8,603 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 92 cases since yesterday. There are 418 cases in hospital, with 88 in ICU. In total, 6,493 cases are resolved, an increase of 132 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 683 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto

While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, provincial orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square and not use park amenities. The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. 

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. 

SOURCE City of Toronto

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