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March 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates

City of Toronto

    • There have been a number of reports that scams regarding COVID-19 testing are happening across the City. Neither the City of Toronto nor Toronto Public Health is going door to door checking for cases of COVID-19. Tests for COVID-19 are also NOT being offered for sale.
  • There have been changes to City services that are affected and not affected.

  • City services NOT affected or adjusted by changes in Operation Level, or the situation with COVID-19:
    • All emergency services (Toronto Paramedics Services, Toronto Fire and Toronto Police Services)
    • Toronto Water
    • Shelters and respite facilities
    • City owned long-term care facilities
    • Garbage Collection (not including yard waste)
    • Road Operations, including snow removal
    • Toronto Hydro
    • TTC
    • 311
    • Emergency Operations Centre and COVID-19 Task Force Teams
  • City services suspended today:
    • Administrative functions
    • Marriage services
  • All City of Toronto buildings will be closed to the public effective March 18th, 2020, including:
    • City Hall
    • Metro Hall
    • All Civic Centres

 

  • City-operated 24-hour services for the homeless remain open.
  • Referral and intake will continue for those who need shelter.
  • Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 circulating within the shelter system.

 

Government of Ontario

    • A State of Emergency under section 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act was declared.
    • Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, effective immediately, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, manufacturing facilities, public transit, important public services, construction sites and office buildings will all continue to operate.
  • The following facilities are legally required to be closed:

 

    • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs
    • All public libraries
    • All private school as defined in the Education Act
    • All licensed child care centres
    • All bars and restaurants: except to the extent that such facilities provide take-out food and delivery
    • All theatre and concert venues (includes those that offer live music, dance, cinema and other art forms)
  • All organized public events of over 50 people are not allowed including:
    • Parades;
    • Events; and,
    • Communal services within places of worship.
  • Orders will remain in place until at least March 31, 2020.

 

  • Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province’s response to COVID-19 which includes funding for:
    • Increased capacity in hospitals;
    • Testing and screening through public health;
    • Protecting front-line workers;
    • First responders and patients;
    • Supporting frontline workers, long-term care homes, residential facilities; and,
    • Protecting senior homes and Indigenous communities.

 

Government of Canada

  • Parks Canada and all heritage facilities operated by the Federal Government are closed as of Wednesday, March 18th 2020.
  • Any person regardless of nationality, including Canadians, will not be allowed to board a plane to Canada if they present themselves with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • There will be an enhanced presence of border officers at all points of entry, who will be looking for any signs of illness in people coming through the Canadian borders.
  • Should a Canadian or Permanent Resident show symptoms of COVID-19 at border crossings, they will be allowed in but will be immediately taken under the care of Canadian Public Health officials.
  • Canadians abroad are advised to find the closest consular services available to them. A full list of Canadian embassies and consulates can be found at: https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates
  • All Canadians abroad are encouraged to sign up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration to receive the latest updates regarding the situation at their current destination.
  • Canadians abroad may also reach Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email sos@international.gc.ca