Dear Friends and Neighbours,
We have a community organization in York South – Weston that is providing essential services but is running low on Personal Protective Equipment. I know that resources are low everywhere, but if you are able to help by providing N95 masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes or spray, please contact my office at 416-392-4091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d also like to let you know that Frontlines (1844 Weston Rd) is offering a number or online programming for youth including online cooking classes as well as providing free lunches on Monday and Thursday from 11 AM-1 PM (by appointments only). Families can register at www.frontlines.to and click register or call 416-244-7017 for more information.
Once again, please stay at home as much as possible and practice physical distancing.
Here's the key information you need to know today:
It’s OK not to feel OK
Many people are feeling anxious, unsure and even scared. These are normal and healthy responses to an abnormal situation. Being forced out of our regular daily routines, and being distanced from our social connections, support groups and family is hard and many are struggling as a result. As Chief Matthew Pegg noted in this tweet, please reach out to friends in a safe way, stay active in your home, do your best to eat well and stay rested.
Individuals looking for additional crisis supports can reach out to:
In an emergency call 911.
Ten new sites for shelter clients
The City has opened 10 additional sites to support shelter clients since March 16. The new sites provide 2 metres of physical distancing between beds. There are eight new temporary sites and two isolation centres. An isolation centre with medical support is the first of its kind in Canada. Staff have identified additional sites and are working continuously to coordinate needed resources and open them as soon as possible.
Landlords and condo boards urged to adopt new health and safety measures
The City of Toronto is urging landlords and condo boards to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19. This includes placing alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a hand washing station at all building entrances and in common areas that remain open, such as laundry rooms; closing non-essential common areas and regularly disinfecting high traffic common areas. More information is available on the City’s website including the General Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings fact sheet.
Park amenities are closed, green spaces remain open
Earlier this week, the City announced the closure of City park amenities, such as playground equipment and sports fields. Open green spaces in parks remain accessible and available for walks and fresh air. For healthy individuals, the Medical Officer of Health continues to recommend physical activity and getting outside. Those outside are reminded to observe physical distancing and stay at least 2 metres from others.
COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery – Survey for businesses
The Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force was launched to help protect Toronto’s economic success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday the Task Force launched a survey for Toronto businesses to share how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their business, and what information or supports they and their employees need. Business owners are invited to complete this survey.