Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
The warnings we are hearing from all orders of government are stark. I continue to reiterate how critical it is that you follow public health directives and stay home, especially if you are ill or have recently traveled.
Today, Mayor Tory signed a new bylaw under his extended powers during this state of emergency that imposes a mandatory two-metre distance rule between two people in all parks and public squares. If the individuals don't live in the same household and found to be violating this new bylaw, they will be issued a set fine ticket in the amount of $750, which can go up to $5,000 subject to prosecution and conviction. This severe measure, effective immediately for a period up to 30 days, is deemed necessary to keep people safe and further prevent the deadly spread of this coronavirus.
Today we learned that a resident at the Rekai Centres' Sherbourne Place facility has passed away, and three others have tested positive for COVID-19, following an outbreak of the virus at the facility.
This news is personal to me. This morning I spoke to my friend who lives on the outbreak floor of the Rekai Centre. She’s scared but knows the excellent staff are doing their best for residents. Daily, I’m grateful to frontline workers caring for our most vulnerable.
Today, on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health, Mayor Tory made the very difficult decision to close all City of Toronto events until the end of June. This includes the very hard decision that Pride will have to be cancelled or postponed this year.
Yesterday, Ontario recorded 1,706 positive cases of COVID-19, including 351 new cases. We have also confirmed over 20 deaths. Today I am especially thinking about all the families who lost loved ones at the Pinecrest nursing home in Bobcaygeon. My heart goes out to them.
Despite these uncertain times, I hope you are all finding moments to connect with friends and loved ones (virtually and/or at a distance of course!).
The Government of Canada has indicated that we are starting to see a positive impact of the social distancing efforts of Canadians in some areas, however Canadians need to avoid complacency and continue to stay home, particularly if they feel symptoms of any respiratory illness, to flatten the curve. We are at a critical juncture in our COVID-19 response efforts, and your continued cooperation is needed.
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You can also call the constituency office of your Member of Parliament (MP). They can often help answer questions and get information to you.
In Ward 13 - Toronto Centre, your MP is Hon. Bill Morneau
Constituency Office (Toronto):
430 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3A2
Government of OntarioCall: 1-888-789-4199 (Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – they handle benefits and financial help for Ontarians)
You can also call the constituency office of your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). They can often help answer questions and get information to you.
In Ward 13 - Toronto Centre, your MPP is Suze Morrison
329 Parliament St., Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2Z3
Public Health Toronto
Call if you have questions about COVID-198:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about City Services
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call 2-1-1 for information about support in your community