News Release
May 16, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. This Victoria Day long weekend, the City is helping keep people safe and providing more space for physical activity while supporting physical distancing through our ActiveTO program.

Launched earlier this week, ActiveTO has created 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets and closed sections of major roads to make additional space for people who are running, walking, and biking this weekend. Quiet Streets are neighbourhood streets where traffic calming measures, like signage and temporary barricades, have been put in place at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that welcomes people. The full list of Quiet Streets and road closures is available at

Physical distancing remains crucial as Toronto Public Health continues to report new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. There are 8,386 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 129 cases since yesterday. There are 428 cases in hospital, with 95 in ICU. In total, 6,189 cases are resolved, an increase of 155 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at

While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, provincial orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square. The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. This month, the enforcement team has issued 106 tickets related to the use of amenities or gatherings in parks or squares and spoken to almost 3,000 people.

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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