Last updated: June 4, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Everyone should avoid non-essential trips in the community. Avoid close contact and keep a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others. Everyone has a role to play. The actions you take will protect you, loved ones and those most vulnerable in our community. It’s time to step up, not out.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed:
As we slowly return to some sense of normalcy, we need to continue physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play. The actions you take will help protect you and everyone in our community.
Be respectful of others who choose not to wear a mask. Some health conditions make it hard to breathe when wearing a mask.
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Face masks and coverings do not replace the need to keep a distance of 6 feet from others, washing hands often, and staying home when sick.
Wearing a cloth face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it, but it can help to protect others around you, even if you do not have symptoms.
It is strongly recommended that people wear a face mask or covering when in public, especially when it is difficult to maintain a two metre (six feet) distance from others, such as on transit, in an elevator, when shopping or entering and leaving an apartment building. If sick, wear a mask when going to a medical appointment. Do not use public transit.
It is important to use and clean a mask properly. Using a mask incorrectly can accidentally spread infection to the wearer. Be respectful of people who may choose not to wear a mask. Some health conditions make breathing through a mask difficult.
Do not use N95 and surgical masks, as they are in limited supply, and urgently needed for healthcare workers.
A good cloth mask or face covering should:
Masks or face coverings should not:
For instructions on making a mask using fabric, a t-shirt or a bandana, visit the Government of Canada website.
Download the Qualities of a Good Cloth Mask infographic.
Follow instructions provided by your employer regarding the option of choosing to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread by food or food packaging. Wiping down containers or packaging is not necessary. In general, you can lower your risk of infection by following safe food handling practices.
It is important to:
Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance on shopping for essentials.
Consensual sex can be a way of dealing with anxiety or fulfilling and expressing our needs for intimacy. It can also be pleasurable and help pass the time when isolated indoors. But is it safe to have sex during COVID-19? Sexual contact with new partners or persons who are not in the same household is not recommended at this time.
Safer sexual practices may prevent unintended pregnancy and STIs, but it will not prevent infection from COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread through close physical contact.
Learn more about safer sex during COVID-19.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. It is thought that this new coronavirus originated in animals.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate both in humans and animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illness, similar to the common cold and spread easily between people. There are however, strains of coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans which have caused more severe illness in humans in the past, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These tend to have more difficulty spreading from person to person.
COVID-19 spreads through the direct contact with the respiratory droplets of someone who is infected with the virus through their cough or sneeze. These droplets can spread up to 2 metres, or 6 feet. It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Learn how emergency orders, directives and bylaws impact you, including the Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health’s directives for residents of Toronto issued on April 1.