News Release
May 23, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. The City appreciates the cooperation of all Toronto residents in following provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than five people who are not members of the same household, and public health recommendations for physical distancing when leaving the house for any reason.

There are 9,835 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 220 cases since yesterday. There are 391 cases in hospital, with 94 in ICU. In total, 7,202 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 204 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 750 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. 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 Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act 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.

Yesterday, the City received 167 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing – a notable increase from recent weeks’ declining number of complaints. Officers from the City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team also observed crowding in many hot-spot parks, often encountering public intoxication and unruly behaviour. Off-leash dogs in non-designated areas also continue to be a problem in many parks. Additional officers have been deployed to problematic parks, including Trinity Bellwoods.

The enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. Although education is the focus, officers issued four tickets yesterday, for a total of 80 tickets issued this month. Officers have also spoken to or cautioned more than 4,600 people. Any two or more people who are not members of the same household, and who fail to keep at least two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket – which is the applicable set fine for the City’s Physical Distancing Bylaw.

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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