The City of Toronto continues to work with all Team Toronto partners to make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible.
Mayor Tory announced today, that 70 per cent of all eligible Toronto residents – that’s everyone 12 and older in our city – are now fully vaccinated.
The Home Stretch Vaccine Push initiatives continue this weekend when Team Toronto is moving its vaccine efforts east to Taylor-Massey, currently among the lowest vaccinated neighbourhoods in the city. Nine micro-targeted pop-up clinics offering primarily Pfizer vaccine to residents age 12 and over will be set up at John’s No Frills, Massey Square, Secord Elementary School, Shoppers World Danforth and Victoria Supermarket. Hours of operation vary by clinic, some of which will open as early as 10 a.m. and operate at late as 8 p.m.
Toronto Public Health is reporting 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto today. Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 170,770 cases of COVID-19. There are 14 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,606 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 166,749 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard:
Tomorrow, July 31, the City will issue its last COVID-19 vaccination daily update. Regular updates will be shared on its social media channels. In addition, Toronto Public Health will also continue updating its dashboard.
As the city progresses through the provincial reopening framework, all people are reminded to continue following public health advice, including practising physical distancing and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible. The City is encouraging all residents to review the City’s COVID-19: Reopening Guide and get familiar with what is permitted under provincial regulations and City bylaws: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents/.
Important information and tips for the long weekend:
ActiveTO weekends will be available from Saturday, July 31 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 1 at 9 p.m. for people to enjoy and get outside for exercise this weekend. The following locations are scheduled to be in place: Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road; Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue; The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road) and roads within High Park.
Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, along Lake Shore Boulevard West, will be closed Saturday and Sunday during the ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.
All Toronto’s designated swimming beaches are open to the public for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty and supervising swim areas from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Residents should never swim without lifeguard supervision, and should swim within the designated swim zones, marked at each end by red and yellow flags. Children should stay within arm’s reach of caregivers, and swimmers should use the buddy system. Water quality test results are posted on the Beach Water Quality webpage approximately 24 hours after the samples are collected.
More information about swimming in the city and beach safety is available on the Beach Safety webpage.
Park bookings are available for picnics and fire pits. Permits are needed for picnics and social gatherings in a park that involve more than 25 people to ensure exclusive use of the picnic site.
Parking enforcement officers will be strategically deployed at waterfront parks and beach areas across the city, including Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay. Officers will be enforcing all parking bylaws on local roadways and towing vehicles that are creating safety and traffic flow concerns. Parking lots at Marie Curtis, Humber Bay East, Humber Bay West, Bluffer’s Park and Beach, and Cherry Beach will be closed nightly at 7 p.m. and will reopen in the morning.
The City’s outdoor swimming pools are open. Find your nearest pool and make a reservation by visiting toronto.ca/swim. Blocks of new swim reservation spots are released Thursdays at 8 a.m. for the following Monday to Sunday. A select number of spaces at each outdoor pool location are held back to ensure swimming remains accessible to people with limited access to the Internet. These spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Splash pads and wading pools are also open.
The Toronto Island ferry will be operating at a reduced capacity on the Saturday, Sunday and holiday schedule. Visitors should purchase tickets online in advance at toronto.ca/ferry.
COVID-19 guidelines and procedures are in place to protect passengers and staff. Passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings. To reduce crowding, visitors 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 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the return trip.
Services and amenities that are open at Toronto Island Park include washrooms, park playgrounds, a splash pad, a first aid station, William Meany Maze, food and beverage outlets and disc golf. Find more information about the amusement park and farm.
Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday including holidays. Allan Gardens is undergoing capital repairs and is partially open to the public. Riverdale Farm is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday including holidays. High Park Zoo is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday including holidays.
City community centres will be open Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, but will be closed on the Civic holiday (Monday, August 2). Lane and leisure swim as well as indoor fitness will be available on the Saturday and Sunday. Please visit the Fitness webpage for more information and reservations.
Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible, and are open daily, including Monday. Read more about City-run golf courses.
Toronto Police and City Bylaw Officers will continue to monitor busy parks and beaches over the long weekend to ensure residents are respecting City Bylaws and provincial regulations. This will include patrols of key beaches by Toronto Police’s mounted unit and patrols from the water by the marine unit.
Residents are reminded that amplified sound like DJ equipment, littering and bonfires (outside of City-designated firepits, which require a permit) in parks and on beaches are not permitted.
Fireworks in City parks and on beaches is also prohibited, extremely unsafe and could result in fines. Residents require a permit to set off fireworks on their own private property this weekend.
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