News Release
June 22, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Mayor John Tory and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa today provided an update on the City’s continuing response to COVID-19 and recovery and rebuild progress.

As the Toronto moves into Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday, residents are reminded that provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than 10 people who are not members of the same household remain in effect. It’s important for people to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

There are 13,893 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 37 cases since yesterday. There are 248 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 11,879 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,044 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education. Yesterday, the City received 65 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have spoken to or cautioned more than 6,000 people this month. Bylaw officers issued two tickets yesterday in City parks or squares.

Residents are reminded that the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in parks, beaches or public spaces unless authorized to do so by a licence or permit. Enforcement officers in parks will also be providing education about liquor laws and, when necessary, issuing tickets related to the consumption of alcohol.

A Heat Warning remains in effect for Toronto. Extreme heat is associated with negative health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke and death. During periods of hot weather, the safety of all residents is the priority. The City has opened 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning. An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available on the City of Toronto website.

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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