News Release
July 2, 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.

There are 14,468 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 77 cases since yesterday. There are 188 people hospitalized, with 46 in ICU. In total, 12,574 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 71 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,100 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Those heading outside to enjoy the weather are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoid crowds, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces.

Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents visiting a beach or park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Yesterday, the City received 94 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers spoke to or cautioned more than 10,000 people since June 1. Bylaw officers issued five tickets yesterday in City parks or squares.

Residents are reminded that bonfires, the consumption of alcohol and littering are not permitted in parks, beaches or public spaces. Enforcement officers will issue tickets related to the consumption of alcohol and bonfires, with fines of up to $300 and those found littering will face fines up to $500. If a litter bin is full, residents are asked to take their garbage with them so it can be disposed of properly. Any overflowing bins or litter hot spots should be reported to 311.

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’s 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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