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 today provided an update on the City’s continuing response to COVID-19.
Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 8,097 people infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 153 since yesterday. There are also 5,851 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 196 since yesterday. Additional case status information 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.
The COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the City’s physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. The City received 23 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, 134 tickets and 279 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses. There have been no complaints related to new retail business curbside pickup.
Yesterday, the City received 85 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police officers issued one ticket for physical distancing and 24 parking violation notices – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 84 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.
As the May long weekend approaches, the City is urging residents to continue following provincial orders and public health recommendations. By practising physical distancing, avoiding group gatherings and limiting travel, leaving only for essential reasons and exercise, residents can help stop the further spread of the virus and save lives.
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.
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