News Release
August 26, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, provided an update on the City’s response and recovery and rebuild progress.

There are 15,866 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 33 since yesterday. There are 44 people hospitalized. In total, 14,401 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 32 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,167 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community. Residents are reminded to continue adhering 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 distance cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

As parents, caregivers and children prepare for back-to-school, Toronto Public Health is stressing the need to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering when shopping in a store, mall or flea market for back to school supplies. Those shopping in person are encouraged to shop at times stores may be quieter or to try shopping online, when possible. Always wash or sanitize your hands after being in a store or public place and do not go out if you feel ill. More information and guidance for retail spaces is available online.

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 34 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 4,200 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws. This month, enforcement officers have issued 42 tickets related to liquor, open fires and social distancing.

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 Safe reopening guidelines for businesses and organizations are also available 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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