As Torontonians enjoy the last long weekend of the summer and prepare for back-to-school, it remains vitally important that residents follow Toronto Public Health advice to stay home when ill, and to wash their hands often, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces when going out. Residents are urged to be careful while socializing as the choices made this Labour Day weekend and in the weeks and months ahead have the potential to affect everyone.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in the city, and the age distribution of reported cases has shifted to younger age groups under 40 years old. While younger cases have often not been made severely ill by COVID-19 and are less likely to be hospitalized, they can still transmit the virus to others, especially to vulnerable groups. In Toronto, many young people live with multi-generational families, and make up a large part of our service-based workforce. All residents, regardless of age, must follow public health advice to keep everyone safe.
City pools and splash pads
Torontonians can enjoy the last days of summer at more than 300 aquatic amenities as the City’s 140 splash pads, 100 wading pools, 56 outdoor swimming pools and 29 indoor pools will be open on Saturday and Sunday.
Approximately 660,000 participants have accessed outdoor pools across the City as part of SwimTO this summer. Sunday, September 6 is the last day of summer operation for the city’s wading pools and outdoor pools with the exception of 10 locations listed below, where summer season has been extended until September 13.
The following outdoor pools will have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, and will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. on Labour Day Monday:
From Tuesday, September 8 to Sunday, September 13, the pools will offer drop-in leisure swimming from 1 to 6 p.m. Splash pads will be open on Labour Day and will remain open daily until September 13. Parents and caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times.
All indoor pools and wading pools will be closed on Labour Day. Indoor pools will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. Residents can contact their local pool or visit toronto.ca/swim for hours.
In order to allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor and indoor pools remains significantly reduced to 25 per cent. Swimmers are limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. A new online reservation tool is available for indoor pool drop-in lane swim.
Amenities in City parks, including playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment, remain open. Consistent with guidance from Toronto Public Health, outdoor playground equipment is not sanitized. Signage with public health guidance is posted. Residents visiting a park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. More information on parks is available on the City’s website.
Toronto beaches are open, including the four Toronto Island Park beaches. Lifeguards supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. People should only swim in the swim zones marked by yellow and red flags as these areas are lifeguard supervised. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard is not recommended. There is no lifeguard supervision of Rouge Valley Beach. For more information on the City’s beaches visit toronto.ca/beaches.
It can be unsafe to swim, even at designated swimming beaches, for 48 hours after a rainfall due to the possible presence of high levels of bacteria that could pose a risk to human health. Toronto Public Health posts water quality reports for local beaches.
Residents visiting a beach or park must practise physical distancing, avoid crowding, and behave responsibly. Bonfires on beaches, and organized parties, with excessive drinking and DJs with amplification of sound, are prohibited.
Bylaw officers, Toronto Police and Toronto Fire will have a highly visible presence at beaches and parking lots to ensure that crowds, bonfires and other prohibited activities do not occur or are dealt with quickly should they occur. Bylaw enforcement officers and Toronto Police will issue tickets related to bylaw infractions, including littering. Under the City’s Parks bylaw, parks and beaches are closed from 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. As needed this weekend, enforcement officers will be enforcing beach closure hours and clearing beaches after 12:01 a.m.
Parking restrictions are in place at Toronto beaches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Parking restrictions will be in place at the following beaches starting at 7 p.m. on Friday until Monday: Marie Curtis Park, Humber Bay West Park, Humber Bay East Park, Cherry Beach and Bluffer’s Park. Toronto Police will be present at all parking lot entrances. Vehicles leaving beach parking lots after 7 p.m. will be able to do so freely. Parking enforcement will also have a significant presence, with tagging and towing of illegally parked vehicles in the vicinity of beaches where parking is restricted.
Toronto Island Park’s public ferry and beaches
Ferry service operates daily at 50 per cent capacity with COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff. Tickets are limited to 5,000 per day and tickets must be purchased online in advance at toronto.ca/ferry. Passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings and are encouraged to travel outside of peak times of 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the ferry terminal to the island, and 5:30 to 9 p.m. for the return trip.
Lifeguards supervise the four Toronto Island Park swimming beaches. If one beach is crowded, visitors are encouraged to go to a different area. Services and amenities that are open at Toronto Island Park include washrooms, splash pad, a first aid station, William Meany Maze, some food and beverage outlets and disc golf. Other Toronto Island Park public and commercial amenities, including Centreville and boat rentals, remain closed under the current Province of Ontario emergency orders. Water taxi service to Toronto Island Park is available.
Where to cool off
Trying to cool off over the long weekend? Many cool spaces may be closed on September 7. To confirm hours of operation for the cool space of your choice, call the number associated with the location. For more information please visit the Cool Spaces Near You webpage.
Residents can also cool off at open Toronto Public Library branches on Saturday. Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday over the Labour Day Weekend. For the list of library branch locations and hours, please visit torontopubliclibrary.ca/branches. For holiday closures, please visit torontopubliclibrary.ca/holiday-hours.
ActiveTO road closures and Quiet Streets
Parts of major roads in the city will be closed this weekend for ActiveTO, from Saturday, September 5 at 6 a.m. to Monday, September 7 at 11 p.m.:
Residents planning to use those roads should access them by bike or as a pedestrian because nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available. Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.
More than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to neighbourhood residents throughout the city this weekend. More information, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage at toronto.ca/activeTO.
Curb-lane closures continue to be in place this weekend to accommodate cafés and patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city. The CaféTO program supports more than 760 restaurants with expanded dining space to allow for physical distancing.
Construction affecting downtown intersections
The intersection of Sumach Street and Shuter Street is closed for road reconstruction and bike lane upgrades. This closure is expected to last until September 21. In addition, Bathurst Street remains closed between Front Street and Fort York for Bathurst Street bridge rehabilitation.
As well, the intersection of Howard Park Avenue and Indian Road remains closed until September 5 for the TTC track replacement, road resurfacing and intersection improvements. Howard Park Avenue is closed to all traffic at Roncesvalles Avenue. For more information please visit toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects.
Shops, restaurants and bars
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. Those shopping in person are encouraged to shop at times stores may be quieter or to try shopping online, when possible. Residents should always wash or sanitize their hands after being in a store or public place and not go out if they are feeling ill.
In food and drink establishments, additional requirements to protect the health and safety of customers remain in effect. These include ensuring that all customers remain seated except when entering or exiting, using the washroom or paying the bill. Customers can expect to be asked for basic personal information as management of food and drink establishments must keep customer logs that include names and contact information for each party in the event contact tracing is required.
Learn more about requirements for food and drink establishments on the City’s website.
Community centres and other recreation facilities
All other Parks, Forestry and Recreation facilities, including community centres, will be closed on Labour Day.
City golf courses
All five City-run golf courses will be open, with holiday rates, on September 7. More information about hours and locations is available at toronto.ca/golf.
Park washrooms are open to the public. In addition, the City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. Residents using public washrooms should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line and wash hands or use hand sanitizer. More details for washrooms, are available on the City Services webpage.
St. Lawrence Market
The St. Lawrence Market continues to operate with enhanced precautions under the advisement of Toronto Public Health. The South (main) Market is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Market will be open for regular hours over the Labour Day weekend. The indoor and outdoor areas of the Saturday Farmers’ Market will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. as usual. The Sunday antique market remains closed until further notice.
A limited amount of indoor seating is available inside the South Market. Seating is on the lower level and has been set up to ensure that customers can remain physically distant while eating inside. Customers are reminded that eating indoors is only permitted when seated. Customers should only dine with others in their own social bubble. Additional outdoor seating is available on the South Market patio.
The use of a face mask or face covering is required at the St. Lawrence Market Complex. Entrance screenings are conducted for customers and all market personnel. Customers should bring a face covering with them to wear at the market. Even when wearing a mask or face covering, keeping physical distance from others and washing your hands often are the best ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. More information is available at stlawrencemarket.com.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/COVID19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. For more information about requirements during Stage 3, visit toronto.ca/ReopenTO.
“As we head into Labour Day weekend, I want to thank all of our frontline workers for their service and for making sure we were there for our residents and businesses throughout the last six months of the pandemic and into the future. I wish all Toronto residents a safe and happy long weekend and encourage them to continue to follow public health advice as they enjoy the last long weekend of the summer.”
– Mayor John Tory
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