COVID-19 - April 8 Update

I want to begin by wishing a happy Passover for everyone who is celebrating this evening.

Easter long weekend is a time when we come together with our families and friends.  This year, it is important that we all remain at home to ensure we slow the spread of COVID-19.  Changing these traditions is difficult but essential this year.  I encourage you to reach out to your friends and family through phone calls and online.

The provincial government has announced the extension of construction hours for essential construction projects, including critical healthcare projects.  There are a number of health care related construction projects happening in Toronto. The Ontario Government noted that they will temporarily limit local noise bylaws from applying to these types of essential construction activities beginning April 7, 2020.  This is as noted only a temporary measure. 

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Abrigo Centre (Donate)
Despite the pandemic, the Abrigo Centre continues to serve clients during this challenging time. As a not-for-profit organization that provides essential services to disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens in Davenport and beyond, their ability to deliver services over the phone to this population is crucial to their health and wellbeing. 

Their weekday on-site Open Intake program from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. has now transitioned to a Virtual Intake over the phone from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. New clients can call 416-534-3434 and one of their skilled staff members will return the call as soon as possible.

24 Hour Respite Supports

An up-to-date list of 24-hour respites is posted on the City of Toronto's website here

During the COVID-19 pandemic, clients seeking shelter can call the Central Intake Line at 416-338-4766, 1-877-338-3398 toll-free or 311 to be referred to available shelter and respites spaces. Temporary shelter and respite sites may not have space to accommodate walk-in referrals. Calling Central Intake in advance is recommended to minimize unnecessary travel in keeping with physical distancing guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto reminds residents to maintain physical distancing over the holidays
The City urges everyone to remain at home, leaving only for essential reasons. The holidays are important spiritually and emotionally for many and to support this, people are encouraged to connect with loved ones, friends, and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone. Residents should also check with their place of worship for information on online services and other innovative ways to connect while staying physically apart.

Provincial

Ontario Accelerates Essential Construction Projects During COVID-19
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Ontario is extending construction hours for essential construction projects, like critical projects in the health care sector, to 24 hours a day.

Premier Doug Ford Brings Passover Greetings to Ontario's Jewish Community
Today, Premier Doug Ford issued a statement to mark the beginning of Passover.

Federal

Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau provided further details on the eligibility criteria for businesses to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). (Additional Details)

Travel restrictions still in place at international border crossings for the upcoming long weekend
Restrictions are in place on all non-essential travel for foreign nationals, including United States citizens and residents, and Canadians who are planning to cross the border.

Competition Bureau statement on competitor collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Competition Bureau recognizes that the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may call for the rapid establishment of business collaborations of limited duration and scope to ensure the supply of products and services that are critical to Canadians.

Human rights implications of COVID-19
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued a statement on human rights implications of COVID-19.

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