News Release
September 2, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Mayor Tory today joined Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa to provide an update on the current situation in Toronto and reflect on the city’s accomplishments in fighting spread of the virus.

There are 16,127 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 48 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,565 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, residents are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, and wear a mask or face covering in indoor settings and where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

Toronto Public Health staff will be attending shopping malls and retail spaces to ensure compliance with public health requirements. Those shopping in person are encouraged to shop at times when stores may be less busy or to try shopping online, when possible. Residents should wear a mask and keep a physical distance while shopping, and always wash or sanitize their hands after being in a store or public place and not go out if they are feeling ill. Public health guidance for retail stores and shopping malls 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 28 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers cautioned more than 4,800 people last month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws; 28 people were cautioned yesterday.

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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