Dear Friends and Neighbours,
Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) enforcement officers and police have been at City parks across Toronto this weekend to educate the public and enforce physical distancing and park amenity closures.
Over the course of yesterday, MLS and police officers spoke with 780 people to educate them on public health recommendations and closures and cautioned a further 373 people. Police issued nine tickets while MLS officers gave out one ticket related to park amenities and five to non-essential businesses that were operating in violation of provincial orders. Toronto Public Health received 28 complaints related to non-essential businesses remaining open and issued two notices.
If you witness people congregating in groups or using closed park facilities, please report this to 311.
I understand that it is challenging to stay indoors when the sun is shining, but I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommendations from Public Health to stay indoors and practice physical distancing as much as possible. While it is still permitted to go outside to walk your dog or get some daily exercise, please do try to avoid all non-essential trips outside of your home. If you do go outside, remember to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from others, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face.
For the latest updates from the Federal Government, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Province of Ontario, please click here.
Yard waste pick-up resumes for two weeks
Yard waste pick-up resumes for two weeks, from tomorrow, April 6 to Friday, April 17. Place bags out before 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day and please leave them out until they are collected. For health and safety reasons, please use bags and not open containers. More information is available on the City’s website.
Applications open tomorrow for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The federal government has announced that Canadians who are unable to work due to COVID-19 will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as of tomorrow, April 6. This benefit provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks. Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, the day of the week that you should apply depends on the month of your birthday. To find out who can apply and when to do it, please click here.
This data was extracted from the Integrated Public Health Information System at 12:30 PM today:
Toronto Public Health is reporting there are now 1,232 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 113 cases from yesterday.
Of the cases, 1,026 cases are confirmed and 206 are probable, 69 cases have recovered, 140 are in hospital with 58 in ICU.
In Toronto, there have been 25 deaths to-date.
Community spread is responsible for 25% of COVID-19 cases in the city.