News Release
July 8, 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 14,735 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 57 cases since Monday. There are 158 people hospitalized, with 35 in ICU. In total, 12,935 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 91 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,110 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.

Residents are reminded that masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Face masks and coverings do not replace the need to keep a distance of two metres or six feet from others, wash hands often and stay home when sick.

As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents visiting a beach or park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Torontonians are reminded that bonfires, the consumption of alcohol and littering are not permitted in parks, beaches or public spaces. If a litter bin is full, residents are asked to take their garbage with them so it can be disposed of properly.

Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 46 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 2,600 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws.

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. The City has opened 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada. An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an ECC near them.

To help residents cool off during the Heat Warning, the following seven pools will be open until 11:45 p.m. tonight:

  • Alex Duff Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  • Earlscourt Park/Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • McGregor Park, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Parkway Forest, 55 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Smithfield Park, 175 Mount Olive Dr.
  • Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

For up-to-date information on extended pool hours, pool locations and regular operating hours, call 311 or visit Check out these tips to protect yourself from the heat.

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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