News Release
July 13, 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 14,897 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. There are 151 people hospitalized, with 31 in ICU. In total, 13,148 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,120 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

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.

This past weekend, parking restrictions were in place at Toronto beaches starting at 7 p.m. to help reduce crowding which increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. There was also an increased presence of bylaw and police officers at beaches and parking lots to ensure that crowding and other prohibited activities were dealt with quickly. This increase in enforcement received positive feedback from surrounding neighbourhoods as prohibited activities such as bonfires, alcohol and large parties, littering and crowding, were significantly reduced.

Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 60 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned nearly 3,500 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws.

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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