Important COVID-19 Information

I want to ensure you are receiving up to date information about the COVID-19 situation, current restrictions and the vaccine rollout. I send out a weekly e-newsletter and other important updates – please sign up for my email list if you are not already on it.

Please check toronto.ca/home/covid-19/ for the latest information, resources and facts. Visit toronto.ca/covid-19-vaccines for up to date vaccine information.

Please check the Changes to City Services webpage for updates on services and programs:
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/

211

Residents who need to access, or are seeking information on, social and community supports and services, should call 211 for non-emergency requests and information. 211 is a 24/7 help line and web service that connects residents to social and community services. 211 is working closely with community agencies to ensure they are continually updating their database with the most up-to-date programming and resource information.

Current COVID-19 Measures

The province has temporarily moved into Step Two of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, with modifications. These restrictions will be in place until at least January 26, 2022 to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Remote learning will be in place until January 17, 2022.

These measures include:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.
  • School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
  • During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.

Read the Province's news release for further details.

Mandatory Masks and Face Coverings

Wearing a mask in addition to physical distancing and other public health measures can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks should always be worn when physical distancing is difficult.

On December 15, 2021, City Council approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws and the COVID-19 amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings, until the end of Council’s April 2022 meeting. Click here to read the City's news release.

Effective July 2, 2020, masks or face coverings are mandatory when travelling on the TTC. Learn more here: http://www.ttc.ca/COVID-19/Masks.jsp

Learn more here: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-financial-social-support-for-people/covid-19-reduce-virus-spread/?accordion=face-masks-coverings

Physical Distancing 

Physical distancing means limiting close contact with others. When outside of your home, practise physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) away from others outside your household to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Learn more online here:
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-reduce-virus-spread/?accordion=physical-distancing

TTC

he TTC is continuing to implement measures to keep customers and employees safe, such as:

  • Implementing demand-responsive bus service in addition to scheduled service
  • Enhancing station management and passenger traffic flow with additional COVID-19 Customer Service Ambassadors and floor decals
  • Continuing to distribute free masks across the system and in targeted distribution campaigns
  • Continuing enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all public places, stations and vehicles with a focus on touch and grab points
  • Making hand sanitizer available in every station at bus bays and on every streetcar and Wheel-Trans vehicle

Click here to check the TTC’s website for further details and updates.

Groups Offering Assistance

I’ve been reaching out to community members and wanted to share with you the groups I’ve heard about who are offering assistance. They are connecting volunteers with people who need help with tasks such as getting groceries, walking their dog or picking up medication.

Friendly Neighbour Hotline for low-income seniors
1-855-581-9580
Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
http://uhnopenlab.ca/project/hotline/

The Pocket Community Association (for those who live in this neighbourhood)
https://pppweb.thepocket.ca/

Food Hamper Delivery Service
The City is working with the Red Cross and other partners to provide food hamper delivery to seniors and others in need who are unable to leave their homes. With support from United Way of Greater Toronto, this service is made available for qualifying seniors and others that are in self-isolation who do not have alternative access to food (through family, friends, availability of food delivery services) and are currently not receiving such assistance from another community food program. Call 1-833-204-9952 for eligibility and registration information.

You can also call 211 for more information on programs and services.

COVID-19 Outreach Centres in East Toronto

East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) and Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) are operating COVID-19 Outreach Centres in the East End. These centres offer:

  • Drop-in testing for local residents who meet the Ontario government's testing criteria

  • Drop-in vaccinations for local residents born in 2009 or older

  • Other COVID-19 supports (varying by location)

Take-home testing kits provided by MGH and ETHP through local schools and child care centres may also be dropped off at these locations for processing.

You can find further information, including house of operation, on their website.

Toronto Public Health Hotline

People are encouraged to check https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/ for resources and information. If you need further assistance, you can call the Toronto Public Health Hotline at 416-338-7600 which is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. They are receiving a very high volume of calls, so please only call if you cannot find the information on the website.

Telehealth Ontario

Please only call if you require medical advice as Telehealth Ontario is experiencing a high volume of calls. The phone number is at 1-866-797-0000. A Registered Nurse will take your call and they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Travel

Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for further information and updates:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Legal Information 

People looking for legal information on the numerous questions arising from the COVID-19 situation can find them on a special section of Community Legal Education Ontario’s (CLEO) Steps to Justice website at https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19. The site, updated on a daily basis, gives answers to more than 50 legal questions, including questions about emergency benefits assistance, Employment Insurance, getting evicted for non-payment of rent, and what to do about a family law matter in the midst of the closure of the courts.

COVID-19 legal questions?

 

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