Dear Friends and Neighbours,
We are officially in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening today! 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.
Restaurant & bar operators can pre-register for a free CafeTO online information session. Learn about patio permitting & licensing, education & enforcement, important health guidelines & ask questions. The info session will be held on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:30-3:30 PM. Please click here to register.
Registration for City of Toronto CampTO programs opened today for Etobicoke/York and Scarborough districts and opens tomorrow for remaining districts. The City is offering summer camps across Toronto beginning July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, CampTO programs details are available online. The quickest and easiest way to register is online at efun.toronto.ca. Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378. As Civic Centres and community recreation facilities remain closed, in-person registration will not be available.
The City is planning to rehabilitate Gordon MacKay Road bridge.Construction is expected from July 2020 until February 2021. Please click here to view the construction notice.
Safe safe, everyone!
The City of Toronto will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27, as permitted by Transport Canada. The ferries will operate at 50 per cent maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff, developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health.
In order to allow for physical distancing on the ferries and in the terminal, ferry tickets will be limited to 5,000 per day and must be purchased online at toronto.ca/ferry. Visitors should purchase their tickets ahead of time. Tickets are only valid for the date selected at the time of purchase. Additional staff will be on hand at the ferry terminal to assist visitors with these new requirements.
Passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. Signage and markers will be visible at the terminal to help visitors with physical distancing while waiting in line. To reduce crowding, visitors are encouraged to travel outside of peak times. For more information, please read the news release.
Two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend, shortly after Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan.
There are now 2.3 kilometres of new, separated bike lanes along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, and by Friday, separated bike lanes spanning 1.45 kilometres will be nearly completed along Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street. New, separated bike lanes (one kilometre) were also installed on Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue, earlier this month.
Design and installation planning are well underway for cycling routes along Brimley Road, between Lawrence Avenue and Kingston Road, Huntingwood Drive, between Victoria Park Avenue and Brimley Road, Wilmington Avenue-Faywood Boulevard, between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue, and Bayview Avenue between River Street and Rosedale Valley Road. It is expected that the new bike lanes on Brimley Road will be installed next week. More information can be found here.
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 28 at 11 p.m.:
· Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
· Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
· Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue
Toronto has a robust trail and cycling network, near and around neighbourhoods throughout the city, that residents are encouraged to use every day to be physically active while respecting physical distancing. A cycling network map, including multi-use trails, is available here. Walking and hiking trails are available here.
Quiet Streets update
All planned and approved Quiet Streets locations are now in place, totalling more than 60 kilometres along neighbourhood routes across Toronto. Staff continue to actively monitor and adapt all locations, based on neighbourhood use, and have been returning to locations to address on-street issues as they arise. An online feedback survey is also being planned for those who are using Quiet Streets. More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at toronto.ca/activeTO.
Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes June 30
With more businesses opening soon, it’s important that the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) hears from as many individuals, groups and businesses as possible. Everyone can play a role in successfully restoring communities and social and economic infrastructure. Have your say on Toronto's rebuild and recovery and take the survey by June 30: toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild.
Recycling contamination, which results from putting the wrong items in Blue Bin, has risen throughout the pandemic to approximately 31%. That means that almost one third of what is being put in the Blue Bin shouldn’t be there. Recycling contamination costs the City millions of dollars each year in extra processing fees and can cause workplace injuries and damage equipment at the recycling facility.
At the bottom of this document are a number of social media posts that you can share to provide quick reminders to residents about what can and can’t be recycled, what to do with PPE and personal hygiene products, how to handle excess recycling and what they should know about donating items for reuse.
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that approximately $4.97 million will be distributed from the TO Supports Investment Fund to community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has been created from $2.81 million of the City’s allocation of the Social Services Relief Fund from the Province of Ontario and $370,000 from the Scheinberg Relief Fund through the Better Toronto Coalition Fund at Toronto Foundation. In addition, the City has an agreement in principle with the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) for a $1.79 million allocation from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations, a collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
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.
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,029 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 253 people hospitalized, with 63 in ICU. In total 12,061 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,061 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As Toronto joins the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening today, all Torontonians are reminded to continue following public health recommendations for physical distancing when leaving the house for any reason and that provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than 10 people who are not members of the same household remain in effect.
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.