TORONTO, ON., May 21, 2020 — Today as Toronto safely and gradually reopens select park amenities and businesses, the City of Toronto urges residents to continue following public health advice to help stop the community spread of the virus.
There are 9,357 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 228 cases since yesterday. There are 411 cases in hospital, with 96 in ICU. In total, 6,885 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 150 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 732 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.
Wear a face covering or non-medical mask
Everyone has a role to play to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to adhere to the advice of Toronto’s Medial Officer of Health:
• practise physical distancing by keeping two metres (six feet) from others
• wear a face covering or non-medical mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained
• wash hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and
• stay home if feeling unwell and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Physical distancing bylaw remains in effect
The City’s physical distancing bylaw and the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders remain in effect. The COVID-19 enforcement team is out responding to complaints and proactively patrolling parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to limit social interactions. Officers continue educating residents first, only issuing tickets in circumstances where education efforts have failed.
Yesterday, the City received 90 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued six tickets for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 4,100 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.
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