Dear Friends and Neighbours,
The Government of Ontario has released a list of more businesses that can reopen over the next week.
As soon as 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
Beginning at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, May 19, 2020:
Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing.
Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization.
Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries.
Read more details and news release here.
I have received a significant volume of calls and emails from residents who expressed concerns regarding an unsolicited edition of The Epoch Times that was mailed to their homes. Many found some of the content of this publication inflammatory, and I take this sentiment seriously. I have written a letter to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honourable Anita Anand, to express what I have heard from our community. If you have concerns about having received this publication, I encourage you to contact the office of York South—Weston MP Ahmed Hussen (contact info here) or Minister Anita Anand (contact info here).
The ActiveTO program developed by Toronto Public Health and Transportation Services started today and is being rolled out across the city to provide more space for people to be physically active and improve physical distancing as part of the City's restart and recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
The City is installing 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets across Toronto. These are neighbourhood streets where traffic calming measures, such as signage and temporary barricades, will be put in place at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that also welcomes people who walk, run and bike. Parking and drop off areas will not be impacted, and City services, such as waste collection and emergency access, will continue as normal. The list of current and planned Quiet Streets is available at toronto.ca/activeTO and will be updated when locations are added.
So far, these are the locations in York South-Weston:
StreetFromToLengthBicknell Ave Rogers RdEglinton Ave0.9 kmSilverthorn AveSt. Clair Ave WDonald Ave2.8 kmDonald AveSilverthorn AveHaverson BlvdHaverson BlvdDonald AveCameron AveBlackthorn AveCameron AveEglinton Ave W
Child care service at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre, one of the licensed child care centres that provides care for the children of essential and critical service workers, resumed today. The centre suspended service at the end of April due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst some staff and children.
Over the next couple weeks, the City of Toronto will begin construction on a number of key projects to renew and improve aging infrastructure. With traffic volumes on Toronto’s roads down between 45 and 65 per cent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City recently announced that construction is moving forward this year and work will be accelerated on as many important projects as possible.
Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 8,097 people infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 153 since yesterday. There are also 5,851 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 196 since yesterday. Additional case status information can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Get the latest health advice on the City’s website.
The COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the City's physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. The City received 23 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, 134 tickets and 279 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses. There have been no complaints related to new retail business curbside pickup.
Yesterday, the City received 85 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police officers issued one ticket for physical distancing and 24 parking violation notices – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 84 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.
As the May long weekend approaches, the City is urging residents to continue following provincial orders and public health recommendations. By practising physical distancing, avoiding group gatherings and limiting travel, leaving only for essential reasons and exercise, residents can help stop the further spread of the virus and save lives.
For the latest updates from the City of Toronto, please clickhere.
For the latest updates from the Federal Government, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Province of Ontario, please click here.