The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19 and is proactively taking steps to address COVID-19 variants, including the U.K variant. Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to work with congregate settings, facilities and City divisions to increase infection prevention and control measures (IPAC) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any variant strains.
The most effective action Torontonians can do to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible. The Province of Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home order remain in effect for Toronto and across the province.
TPH has established comprehensive IPAC measures in shelters and other congregate living settings, child care centres, paramedic services, long-term care homes and other City divisions. Yesterday, the City announced the measures being taken to keep residents and staff safe in the City’s directly operated long-term care homes. Examples of the additional actions underway across City services include:
The City will continue to monitor changes resulting from these additional actions over the coming weeks; however, it remains imperative that all people in the city respect COVID-19 orders and stay home as much as possible to save lives by reducing opportunities for COVID-19 and any variant to spread.
Vaccine allotments for the City are determined by the Province of Ontario. Once the vaccine supply is re-established and provided to the City, immunization clinics will reopen as quickly as possible, in partnership with the Province and TPH. For the latest information, visit toronto.ca/covid-19.
Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures. The guide communicates some of what is and what is not, permitted under the provincial Lockdown Regulation that remains in effect and the new stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The guide can be found at toronto.ca/lockdownguide.
“The City is doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any variants. Throughout this pandemic, we have been focused on protecting people’s health and saving lives. Toronto Public Health is working closely with congregate settings and facilities across the city to establish additional infection prevention and control measures. It’s also critical for residents to continue doing their part by staying home as much as possible – we need to work together to stop of the spread of the virus and save lives.”
– Mayor John Tory
“I know staff in our congregate settings, such as long-term care homes, are working quickly and doing everything they can to protect Torontonians. We must continue enhancing the City’s IPAC measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents safe, especially our most vulnerable populations.”
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
“We are in a critical time: much depends on the actions we take in the coming days and weeks to control the spread of new, more-transmissible variants. With this in mind, City staff are working around the clock to scale up health and safety measures, and to ensure that our essential services are able to operate in ways that are safe for both residents and frontline workers.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Board of Health Chair
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