News Release
August 14, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As the virus continues to circulate in the community, residents are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

There are 15,566 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 18 today. There are 61 people hospitalized. In total, 14,150 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 25 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 2,400 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws. This month, enforcement officers have issued 16 tickets related to liquor, open fires and social distancing.

Enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario continue to work together to conduct proactive inspections of liquor-licensed establishments in the city and address businesses that, despite widespread efforts to educate them on public health requirements to keep their customers, employees and the public safe, continue to disobey provincial statutes, regulations, the advice of public health officials and municipal by-laws. Yesterday, officers issued five tickets relating to the Liquor Licence Act and Chapter 608 Alcohol Enforcement.

As more of the city’s businesses continue to reopen, residents can learn about what to expect and what is required as Toronto moves into the new normal and they begin to visit more establishments and take part in more activities at

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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