News Release
October 26, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor John Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto.

There are 26,870 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 300 new cases today. There are 132 people hospitalized. In total, 22,540 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,353 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Today, Mayor Tory provided an update on work by Toronto Public Health to prepare scenarios for the period following the end of Toronto’s 28-day return to modified Stage 2 under the Province of Ontario’s reopening framework. Safe reopening remains the priority, with all people in the city having a role to play in protecting one another.

Provincial regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act set social gathering and organized public event limits at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, prohibit indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, limit capacity for certain activities, prohibit games and scrimmages for sports teams and more.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and enforce provincial orders and bylaws across the city, including in bars, restaurants and parks. Since Friday, the City received 37 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing, 126 complaints related to businesses and 40 complaints related to gatherings on private property. Seven tickets and 30 notices were given to non-compliant businesses.

All people in Toronto should be adopting steps for self-protection. Dr. de Villa recommends individuals only consider leaving their homes for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household, keep at least six feet apart from people not in the same household and wear a mask when outside of their homes, especially in indoor settings and when physical distancing is difficult. Residents should wash hands frequently and remain at home when ill.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help to notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community.

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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