COVID-19 Updates

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

Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people

Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled is strongly directed to stay home except for essential trips

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

If you are ill, or if you have travelled, you are ordered to stay home by the Medical Officer of Health for 14 days

As businesses begin to reopen it's important to maximize physical distancing and limit in-person access as much as possible

COVID-19 Update, March 18

Another eventful day as we work together to contain and suppress the spread of COVID-19. 

I know many of you have taken the important steps of social distancing. These steps you are taking are critical to help protect those among us who are delivering essential services and cannot isolate the same way.

I want to urge everyone not to get discouraged if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise rapidly in the coming days, despite the incredible measures we are all taking. 

COVID-19 Update, March 17

As we see more rising cases of COVID-19 in our city, and across the globe, I know how concerned many residents feel and I echo that. The City of Toronto has been working non-stop in planning a response to COVID-19. We are continuing to base our actions on the best experts and evidence, and will continue working closely with all levels of government to keep our community safe and healthy.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19, Update March 16

This afternoon, echoing provincial recommendations, city's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen De Villa is calling on all Toronto bars, dine-in restaurants, nightclubs and theatres to close starting just after midnight on March 17. If Toronto businesses fail to comply with De Villa's closure recommendation, she will issue orders to individual establishments under Section 22 of the Health Protection & Promotion Act. You can see her whole statement here.

We know that financially it is not easy for businesses to close, even when the public good is so clear. In addition to their own livelihoods, many business owners are concerned about the financial impact this will have on their employees if they can't afford to keep paying them. The province did not guarantee pay for employees who are impacted by closures, so we know this recommendation could be very hard on many families. It is why I have been calling for much greater financial and social support for all residents and businesses to help stop the spread, and help incentive businesses to close - please see our full statement at  https://www.kristynwongtam.ca/statement_socialsupports_covid19​​​

At the city, we are trying to help ease the burden for business owners and employees so they can make the responsible decision to close on their own. Today, Mayor John Tory announced an Economic Support Task force that responds to some of our calls. the focus of the Task Force will be on quickly determining what current supports and stimulus work needs to be done. The City will be working with industry partners to identify actions to support businesses, workers, and residents in responding to the economic impact.  You can learn more about the options available at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/ 

For the latest information on health advice, travel advisories, city service disruptions, I encourage everyone to visit www.toronto.ca/coronavirus regularly.

Thank you to everyone for doing your part to help flatten the curve and reduce exposure to infection. We are in this, and stronger together. 

Recommendations for Social Supports

I’ve compiled a list of financial and social supports which hopefully will be consider at the emergency intergovernmental tables convened to combat COVID-19. I've shared this list with our Mayor and City Manager. I've ask them to consider adding these recommendations to the list of Toronto requests. You can help by sharing list with your networks, MPP and MP too.

March 13 City of Toronto COVID 19 Update

City of Toronto to cancel programs and close facilities as COVID-19 precaution

Based on recommendations from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, to help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection in Toronto and protect vulnerable populations including seniors, people with compromised immune systems, and individuals experiencing homelessness, the City of Toronto is cancelling all programs and closing a number of its facilities as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

Save Small Businesses

Toronto Centre is the heart of Toronto’s downtown. We are home to some of Canada’s most iconic business districts and small businesses, from Canada’s largest gay village to the Financial District, to the re-invigorated historical districts such as Yonge Street, Corktown, St Lawrence Market and more. We also know that businesses across our community are in trouble.

To save small businesses, the Provincial and Federal governments need to step up and legislate a moratorium on commercial rental evictions and restructure the CERCA to allow tenants to directly access the 50 percent government relief if their landlords indicate they will not apply. The Government should also look at expanding the amount of money made eligible through Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). In urban centers with high rental and operating costs, for many business owners, the $40,000 is already gone. 

Please add your name and call on the Provincial and Federal governments to make the necessary legislative changes we need to save our small businesses and our main streets.

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