News Release
February 12, 2021

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. This Family Day weekend, to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect the healthcare system and save lives, it remains imperative all people stay home as much as possible and comply with provincial orders, City bylaws and public health guidance.

Toronto Public Health is reporting 567 new COVID-19 cases today, for a total of 92,036 cases since the start of the pandemic. Toronto’s daily count reported by the Province is known to be an underestimate due to ongoing provincial record reconciliation. Due to issues arising following the transition to the provincial reporting system, Toronto Public Health has implemented a modified reporting schedule with reduced indicators until remediation work is completed. Normal reporting will resume early next week. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City recognizes the important public health benefits of getting fresh air and exercising outside. In addition to the more than 1,500 parks and ravines that are safe places for residents to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment during COVID-19, the City has numerous winter options for residents to enjoy on their own or with members of their household. When visiting parks, residents must practise physical distancing and always wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.

City parks and golf courses

Residents are encouraged to stay active this Family Day with members of their household at:

  • 23 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto
  • Free, leisure skating at the City’s 54 outdoor ice rinks, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Eight snow loops for walking and snowshoeing at the City’s five golf courses, with loops ranging from 1 to 2.5 kilometres
  • Six disc-golf locations
  • More than 800 playgrounds and 30 parks with outdoor fitness equipment
  • Outdoor sport courts, including 60 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis
  • 70 outdoor table tennis and 60 chess tables
  • 68 dog off-leash areas
  • High Park – car-free on weekends

Review the complete list of activities as well as maps and locations on the City’s website at: Capacity at the City’s skating rinks remains limited to 25 people per ice pad – reservations are encouraged and can be made online at Masks remain mandatory both on and off the ice, including while waiting in line and while using the washroom.

City recreation and community centres
Most City community centres are closed on Monday, February 15 for Family Day. The following seven locations will remain open:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre
  • Phil White Arena (to support Cedarvale outdoor rink)
  • Broadlands Community Centre
  • Pleasantview Community Centre
  • Irving W. Chapley Community Centre
  • Powerhouse Recreation Centre
  • Masaryk Cowan Community Centre

These locations will remain open to support the City’s adjacent outdoor artificial ice rink operations. Washrooms and sanitation services will not be available to the public at closed community centre locations, however, washrooms will be available at the City’s outdoor artificial ice rinks.

The City’s After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programs, located in City community recreation centres and local schools, as well as non-ARC after-school programs in community centres, will resume on Tuesday, February 16 to support the return of Toronto children to in-person learning. More information about the City’s After-school Recreation Care programs is available at

Supports for people experiencing homelessness

An Extreme Cold Weather Alert (ECWA) remains in effect for Toronto. The City activated its Warming Centres on February 7, which will remain open during the ECWA. Additional Streets to Homes teams who were also activated on February 7 will continue to provide enhanced street outreach response to help support and encourage those living outside to come indoors.

Warming Centres are located at:

  • 129 Peter St.
  • 5800 Yonge St.
  • Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre,195 Princes’ Blvd.
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

All services at the Warming Centres are delivered following ongoing COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of those using the centres. More information on Warming Centres is available on the Homeless Help webpage.

The sanitation sites at Harrison Pool and Lamport Stadium will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the statutory holiday. Washrooms remain accessible in the seven open community centres as well as in select City parks and outdoor ice rinks which feature winterized washrooms. More information is on the Winter Washrooms in Parks webpage.

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 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The guide can be found at

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