March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates — 应对新冠疫情最新消息 – 2020 年 3 月 24 日
COVID-19 Updates – March 24, 2020
Following yesterday’s Daily Update, I want to thank those of you who have reached out and offered to help someone in need in our community.
If you are in need of assistance with picking up groceries and essentials, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416 392 1374.
Some of you have asked me to share numbers of COVID-19 incidents. I will not share these numbers however if you still wish to see what is happening:
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR KIDS TO PLAYGROUNDS
With so many children out of school and daycare, it’s no surprise some parents prefer to practice social/physical distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak outdoors.
But in the midst of increasing calls for social/physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine, some parents are still taking their children to playgrounds.
This is not the time to take your children to the playground.
Children aren’t likely to follow the procedures needed for hygiene (washing hands, not touching face), and they are equally unlikely to adhere to social/physical distancing protocols.
We can’t control what others touch and what surfaces have been cleaned. It’s also challenging to prevent children from touching their faces after going down a slide or swinging across the monkey bars.
It’s not worth the risk of children contracting COVID-19 or contributing to the spread.
We still have a lot to learn about this particular virus, but we do know that it is stable on surfaces like steel and plastic. Even if your child is the only one on the playground, there is still risk of transmission because we don’t know who was there before; they could bring something home to their family members.
As a parent, and grandfather, I urge you to please keep your children away from playgrounds; for their safety, the safety of other family members and the community at large. As difficult as this may be, we all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
City of Toronto
- For property owners who have submitted post-dated cheques for upcoming property tax instalments, post-dated cheques will be held and not cashed until 60 days after the original instalment due date – for example, post-dated cheques intended for the April 1 instalment will be cashed on June 1, and post-dated cheques for the May 1 instalment will be cashed on July 2, 2020. Any other post-dated cheques received before May 1, 2020 will be held for a period of 60 days from the date of the cheque before being cashed.
- Toronto Hydro has suspended disconnection of electricity.
- To view the full list of relief measures for individuals and families pertaining to Property Tax and Utility Bill extended deadlines, as well as financial assistance programs that could help with paying bills, please click: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/economic-support-recovery-for-individuals-families/
Government of Ontario
- The Provincial Government has released a list of essential businesses that are allowed to continue operations during this time. Please view the full list at this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
- The Provincial Government enacted a new order under the March 17, 2020 Declaration of Emergency to keep staff, volunteers and residents in long-term care homes safe. Under this temporary order long-term care homes will be able to respond to, prevent and alleviate an outbreak of COVID-19 by carrying out certain measures. For a full list of measures, please click on this link: https://news.ontario.ca/mltc/en/2020/03/ontario-implements-enhanced-measures-to-protect-the-safety-of-residents-in-long-term-care-homes.html
- Long-term care homes continue to restrict non-essential visits and actively screen essential visitors, staff, students, volunteers, residents moving into a long-term care home and residents returning to a long-term care home.
- The Chief Medical Officer has also issued a new directive that restricts residents from leaving a home for short visits with family and friends. Residents who want to go outside will be able to remain on the home’s property and maintain safe social distancing from any family and friends who visit them.
- The Provincial Government is providing immediate electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use rates:
- For a 45-day period, the Government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 ¢/kWh
- Reduced price will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all time-of-use customers.
- Discount will be automatically applied to electricity bills without the need for customers to fill-out an application form.
- Tribunals Ontario has communicated that “No new eviction orders will be issued until further notice” due to inability to enforce and hold hearings. Even if a landlord gives written notice, the tenant does not have to move out.
- The landlord must first get an order to end the tenancy from the Landlord and Tenant Board– this usually includes a hearing where the tenant can present concerns.
Government of Canada
- House of Commons reconvenes today to pass emergency legislation. The Prime Minister has been working with Opposition Leaders to ensure this Bill passes.
- Flights from Morocco, Peru, Panama, Tunisia, Ukraine, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Spain are expected to be arriving in the coming days.
- After speaking with the Premiers of all provinces, it has been decided that there is no need for the Emergencies Act to be invoked yet. The Federal Government and provinces will work together to ensure each province has enough medical supplies to fit demand.
应对新冠疫情最新消息 – 2020 年 3 月 24 日
在昨天的每日更新之后，我谨向那些无私地伸出援手、为我们社区有需要的人士提供方便的志愿者致以衷心感谢。如果您在购买杂货和生活必需品方面需要协助，请随时寻求帮助。您可以通过电邮jim@karygiannis.net或电话416 392 1374与我联系。
对于已呈交预开支票以支付物业税分期付款的业主，政府将延缓兑现支票，直至原先分期付款到期日的60天后才会兑现支票 — 例如， 4 月 1 日分期付款的预开支票将于6月1日兑现，5月1日分期付款的预开支票将于2020年7月2日兑现。 在2020年5月1日前收到的所有预开支票，都会推后 60天兑现。
- 如需查看旨在帮助个人和家庭，有关宽限物业税和水电费的完整列表，以及有助于支付账单的财政援助计划，请查阅: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/economic-support-recovery-for-individuals-families/
- 省政府公布了疫情期间允许继续运营的必要工作场所及服务清单。完整列表请查阅此链接: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
- 在45天内，省政府会设法暂停使用高峰费率，会将电费维持在10.1 ¢/kWh的非高峰费率。
- 所有使用高峰费率的客户每周 7 天、每天 24 小时均可使用非高峰费率。