As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the city, residents are urged to follow Toronto Public Health advice to wash their hands often, practise physical distancing, wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces when going out this weekend, and stay home when ill.
The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases continues to shift to younger age groups. In the last two weeks, the average age of positive cases was 39 years old, compared to 52 years overall for the entire outbreak. While younger cases have 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 our city safe.
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. 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 online.
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.
Last weekend, 10 tickets were issued at Toronto’s beaches under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Chapter 608, for violations including the consumption of alcohol, creating a nuisance and making bonfires.
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: 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.
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. Updated signage with public health guidance is posted. Residents visiting a park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding.
More information on parks is available online.
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. There is plenty of room on the Island 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.
City pools and splash pads
Torontonians can cool off at more than 300 aquatic amenities this summer as the City’s 140 splash pads, 100 wading pools, 56 outdoor swimming pools and 29 indoor pools are now open. In order to allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor and indoor pools is 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.
ActiveTO road closures and Quiet Streets
Parts of major roads in the city will be closed this weekend for ActiveTO, from Saturday, August 22 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 23 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.
Construction affecting downtown intersection
There will be a partial intersection closure at Lake Shore Boulevard and Parliament Street this weekend so crews can safely remove and replace sections of the Gardiner Expressway above that intersection as part of work to renew the expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 5 a.m., Monday, August 24, there will be no right or left turns onto Parliament Street from eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard and no left turns onto Parliament Street from westbound Lake Shore Boulevard. Parliament Street will be fully closed between Lake Shore Boulevard and Small Street, except for local access for area residents.
Curb-lane closures continue to be in place this weekend to accommodate cafés and patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city. The CaféTO program currently supports more than 700 restaurants with expanded dining space to allow for physical distancing.
Restaurants and bars
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.
Inspections of food and drink establishments by Bylaw and Toronto Public Health Officers will continue this weekend. Last weekend 21 complaint-based inspections were carried out. Officers are encouraged by an increase in compliance across restaurants and bars in the city.
Learn more about requirements for food and drink establishments.
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, including health guidelines 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 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. Paddington’s Pump restaurant is open for dine-in service with physical distancing.
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.
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