Dear Friends and Neighbours,
As previously announced, unfortunately the City will not be proceeding with ‘We Are Staying Home’ lawn signs. Instead, the City’s communications team has designed some colourful window signs to help reinforce the importance of staying home and to keep our essential and critical workers, as well as our community, safe.
You can print the sign and post it in your window or post it online. If you have little ones at home in need of something to do, you can have them take part in sharing this message by unleashing their creativity and colouring in one of the fun colouring pages!
Whether you print a sign or not, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our city by staying home. The importance of doing this and limiting nonessential trips outside cannot be overstated. With the weekend upon us and with many of our residents celebrating Orthodox Easter this Sunday, I urge everyone to do their part and stay home.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Province limits care staff to work in only one long-term care home
The Province of Ontario is issuing an Emergency Order which requires long-term care staff to work in only one long-term care home, and to not work for any other health service provider or retirement home. The government is also ramping up testing, screening, and surveillance; outbreak management and the spread of disease; and growing the long-term care workforce as fast as possible. More information can be found here.
Update on financial impacts of COVID-19
The City is experiencing financial pressure estimated at $65 million per week. The pressure is driven primarily by lost revenues due to the pandemic lockdown, coupled with increased costs of responding to the emergency. In early April the City assembled a COVID-19 financial impact working group, which continues to assess the financial implications that may result from this emergency and focused on a plan for stabilization and rebuilding. Through research and modelling, the group has created impact projections under various scenarios. A presentation is attached and more information is available in the news release.
Ongoing enforcement activities
Enforcement continues to be an essential part of keeping our community safe and remains a priority for the City. Yesterday, the City received 530 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 17 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 319. The City received 54 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 35 tickets and 105 notices to non-essential businesses.
City of Toronto media briefings
The City’s daily media briefings are available on the City’s Youtube channel and provide an update of the current situation and the City’s response to COVID-19 in Toronto. Reporters can call in ask questions of City officials, allowing them to participate remotely to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The City’s media briefings include live ASL interpretation and are closed captioned to ensure this information is accessible to as many people as possible.
For the latest updates from the City of Toronto, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Federal Government, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Province of Ontario, please click here.