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Toronto COVID-19 update: 63 new cases, malls and hair salons reopen


TORONTO, ON., June 24, 2020 — As Toronto joins the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening tomorrow, all Torontonians are reminded to continue following public health recommendations for physical distancing when leaving the house for any reason and that provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than 10 people who are not members of the same household remain in effect.

There are 13,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 63 cases since yesterday. There are 255 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 11,960 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 81 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,053 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, up one from June 17.

The deceased patient, Ontario’s first COVID-19 fatality under 20-years-old, was a female from Toronto who tested positive for the virus on June 20.

“We are aware of a recent death of a Toronto resident who was in the 0-9 age category who died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19,” Lenore, Bromley, a spokesperson for Toronto Public Health, said on Tuesday.

Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Meahnwhile, Toronto and Peel join most regions aside from Windsor-Essex, in Stage 2 of reopening today, which means places like restaurant and bar patios as well as hair salons can reopen under strict provincial health guidelines.

above Controlling the flow of pedestrian traffic at CF Toronto Eaton Centre to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19

What is reopening in Toronto and Peel today?

• Outdoor patio dining services at restaurants and bars
• Recreational water services, including splash pads, wading pools, and
outdoor swimming pools
• Personal service settings, including hair and nail salons and tattoo parlours;
• Shopping malls
• Weddings and funerals, with limits on indoor settings of 30% capacity and
outdoor settings of up to 50 people.

Twitter post and lead photo taken by Toronto TV and video journalist, @JeremyCohnTV at Marbl Restaurant (King and Spadina) at 12:01 am.

Ontario Provincial health officials are reporting 163 new cases of the virus today, down from the 216 confirmed one day prior.

It’s important for people to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. The City of Toronto has produced three short videos on how to effectively use non-medical masks or face coverings when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders, the City bylaw on physical distancing, and laws prohibiting consumption of alcohol on City property and in unlicensed public areas remain in effect. With the warm weather, the City’s beaches are seeing very high volumes of beach-goers. At many beaches, littering, bonfires, alcohol consumption and public intoxication, and individuals not practising physical distancing are recurring problems. Individuals visiting beaches and parks should use litter bins provided, leave alcohol at home, and, if a park or beach is too busy to safely practise physical distancing, come back later or head to an alternate location.

The COVID-19 enforcement team continues to patrol parks and beaches, particularly problem areas, with a focus on providing education. Yesterday, the City received 95 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have spoken to or cautioned more than 6,200 people this month. Bylaw officers issued eight tickets yesterday in City parks or squares.

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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