June 22 - Update

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Today, the Ontario government announced that Toronto will enter Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan this Wednesday.Please find more detailed information about this below. 

Today, the Executive Committee adopted the CafeTO Item to increase outdoor dining space for Toronto's bars and restaurants.Amendments were also made to the Item for the City to consider financially supporting eating establishments in the CaféTO Program which are not included in areas represented by Business Improvement Areas as well as to look into the implications of possibly altering the minimum liability insurance coverage for restaurants seeking to register a new patio. To learn more about how the CafeTO program can help expand patios onto sidewalks and curb lanes to allow for more physical distancing, and to apply for the program, please click here

The Syme 55+ Seniors Centre, in partnership with Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre and the Daily Bread Food Bank, have come together to open a new food bank in the York South Weston community! Here are all the details:

Date: Each Wednesday, starting July 8th, 2020

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Address: 33 Pritchard Ave Toronto ON M6N 1T4

Contact: 416-766-0388, syme55@syme55.com

I'd like to remind everyone that registration for Toronto summer camps is this week for kids ages 6-12 to go to camp starting July 13.Registration begins at 7 AM on June 24 for programs in Etobicoke/York & Scarborough and on June 25 for programs in Toronto/East York, West Toronto/York & North York. All current CampTO information can be accessed at http://toronto.ca/camps and by calling 416-396-7378 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. Extended hours of customer service operation from 8 AM to 7 PM will be offered today and on June 23.




City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24.  Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include: 

· restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only

· shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts

· personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron's face, such as facials and beard trims)

· drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events. Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions: 

· water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools

· community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.

· Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions

· libraries with limited on-site services.

Examples of activities that can resume, subject to conditions: 

· film and television production

· tours and guide services

· certain personal services. 

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, businesses and facilities that reopen to the public must ensure to the fullest extent possible that customers and members of the public who visit the business or facility are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons.

The City of Toronto has published a number of guidance documents for businesses and service providers to ensure they are operating with the safety of staff, customers, and the community as a priority. Businesses should locate and implement the guidance for their industry found at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/community-settings-workplaces/.

The Province of Ontario’s reopening framework is available online: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

Update on the Permit Parking Program The Permit Parking Program will be operational as of June 24. In order to maintain the safety of city staff, the office will remain closed to the public but is accessible by telephone (416- 392-7873) and email at permit.parking@toronto.ca from 8:30 AM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday. Renewals: All permits expired May 31st. Those expired permit holders will be able to renew their permits online at www.toronto.ca/transportation or via regular mail. Renewal notices will be mailed with all the instructions. Permit holders can apply without their renewal notice by entering the vehicle licence plate in the online renewal system. The renewal period will run from July 2 to August 3.  New Applicants: New applications will be processed via mail and for the duration of the pandemic a telephone option will be available. New applicants are encouraged to contact the Permit Parking office before mailing in an application to ensure they have the proper documents. Parking Enforcement Clarification: During the pandemic there were inquiries and complaints regarding enforcement. With the office closed, the Toronto Police Service, Parking Enforcement unit were honouring expired permits and suspending enforcement activity. More specifically, they were not enforcing the permit parking bylaw (parking in a permit location without a valid permit). The goal was to accommodate the minority of vehicles unable to apply for a residential permit. Other regulations such as parking in temporal restrictions (i.e. 1-hour parking) were being considered.  Non permit vehicles were encouraged to park in legal parking spaces (i.e. not blocking a fire hydrant, driveway, too close to a curb, parked in a no stopping, no standing or no parking zone).  Notices were issued in lieu of tickets for vehicles parked in what was considered illegal parking during non-covid times. Enforcement is expected to resume once the renewal process is completed in early August.  The Permit Parking office apologizes to all permit holders for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Lifeguards return to six Toronto beaches today

As of 11:30 a.m. today, lifeguards are on duty at six of Toronto’s swimming beaches. Lifeguards will supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. With the hot summer weather and extended closure of indoor public spaces, it’s important for Torontonians to have opportunities to cool down outdoors.

The six swimming beaches opening today are:

• Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)

• Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)

• Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)

• Marie Curtis Park East Beach 

• Sunnyside Beach

• Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)

Toronto’s beaches have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Beaches were not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The City’s beach water quality testing program, which includes water sample analysis by Toronto Public Health, and lifeguard supervision will ensure people can swim safely at Toronto beaches. More information on beach water quality testing is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tpha/beaches.html

While visiting a beach or park, residents must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.  There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

Marriage Licence Service

Today, the City of Toronto has resumed the issuance of marriage licences on an appointment-only basis. Toronto residents who wish to obtain a marriage licence will be able to book an appointment online at www.toronto.ca/getting-married. Applicants will need to complete an online application three days prior to their appointment. Applicants with appointments will be served by special arrangement at North York Civic Centre.

The City is taking steps to protect the health and safety of the public and staff which include:

  • health screening

  • physical distancing

  • sanitization

  • pre-screening of applications before the appointment to reduce transaction time

  • permitting one member of the couple to attend the appointment, unless otherwise required for accommodation purposes

  • allowing a maximum of 10 applicants in the building at any one time 

North York Civic Centre will remain closed to the general public. The City is also encouraging applicants to wear a cloth mask when attending their appointment.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases 

There are 13,893 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 37 cases since yesterday. There are 248 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total, 11,879 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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