News Release
July 20, 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 15,144 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 107 cases since Friday. There are 111 people hospitalized, with 26 in ICU. In total, 13,498 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 121 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,137 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


Toronto continues to be in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan. As part of Stage 2 reopening, a total of 119 community and recreation centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools reopened to the public today for limited use. Residents can visit community recreation centres to make use of lounges, meeting and multi-purpose rooms, indoor pools, computer labs and washrooms. Gymnasiums, fitness or active areas, kitchens, studios, saunas and whirlpools remain closed. Visitors must wear a mask or face covering, will be screened upon entry and asked for contact information for contact tracing, should it be required. More information is available on the City’s website.


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 to respect parks and beaches for the enjoyment of all. Bonfires, littering and parties involving excessive alcohol are not permitted. If a litter bin is full, residents are asked to take their garbage with them so it can be disposed of properly. Barbecues and hibachi grills are not allowed on beaches.


Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 62 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned nearly 4,600 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws. Bylaw officers issued five tickets yesterday.


This weekend, enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario were out to increase inspections of liquor-licensed establishments in the city and address businesses that continue to disobey provincial orders. Inspectors investigated 26 complaints about restaurants and bars this weekend. A total of 10 were found to be non-compliant. One charge and nine warnings were issued for failing to provide for distancing on an outdoor patio.


Toronto restaurants and bars are open for delivery, takeout and outdoor dining only. Customers can only be inside a restaurant or bar to access an outdoor dining area (i.e. walk through to a back patio), pick up food, pay or use the washroom. While within the enclosed public space, customers and employees must wear a mask as required by the establishment’s mask policy and the City’s Mask or Face Covering Bylaw.


The City continues to prepare to safely reopen additional amenities, as Toronto moves towards Stage 3 of reopening. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, residents should continue to follow Toronto Public Health’s advice to stay home when they are ill, wash hands often, practise physical distancing and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces.


The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check the City’s COVID-19 web page for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.


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