News Release
April 23, 2020

Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s continuing response to COVID-19 today.

As of this afternoon, there are 4,347 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 3,933 confirmed cases and 414 probable cases. There are 293 cases hospitalized, with 106 in intensive care units. In the city, 222 people have died of COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at

As the weather warms, the City is urging residents to remain at home, leaving only for essential reasons. To continue stopping the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible.

The COVID-19 Enforcement Team continues to monitor popular parks across the city and issue tickets to individuals and groups using closed park amenities and not practising physical distancing. Officers are still observing residents participating in prohibited activities, including dogs off-leash at Ledbury Park and Dieppe Park, and the use of parks amenities at King’s Mill Park and North York Civic Soccer Fields.

Enforcement of the City’s physical distancing bylaw and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 459 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued five tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 477. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 10,650 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

In addition, the City received 44 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 64 tickets and 133 notices to non-essential businesses.

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

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