COVID-19 - June 5 Update

I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather expected this weekend while safely taking advantage of re-opened amenities and respecting physical distancing guidelines. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 while allowing for residents to be outside and get exercise, vehicle access on parts of some major roads will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, in total making more than 10 kilometres of roadway available for walking, running and biking as part of ActiveTO. You can find more details on these closures in the municipal updates below.

In March, we saw over 8,000 restaurants and 3,500 personal service businesses close their doors to stop the spread of COVID-19. With the province having announced phase 2 of reopening coming soon, the City has begun providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service. Business owners are advised to begin preparing for reopening but are not permitted to begin operating until the revised order comes into effect from the province.

With the province having announced that short-term rentals would be permitted to resume operations beginning today, they must continue to comply with the City’s bylaws. These are important bylaws that I have long advocated for as they help protect our long-term rental stock in the City. While many City services have been affected by the declaration of Emergency, the City continues to respond to short-term rental issues on a complaint basis.

Our office continues to work to serve you remotely. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or by phone at 416.392.7012.

In community,

Ana

Questions from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

With some parents going back to work and more likely to soon, when will childcare centres re-open?
The provincial government had closed child care centres, the exception being for front-line workers, as part of their emergency order.  The provincial government has announced today that they will be releasing next week (week of June 8th) their plan to safely re-open childcare centres across the province.  The government has indicated that this will be part of Stage Two of their re-opening strategy, more details of which will also be announced next week.  General information on the staged process can be found below.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Is it true we will have to wear masks when flying now?
Yes, in April of this year the federal Minister of Transport announced that travellers would have to wear masks while in transit.  This week, he announced further changes to regulations with respect to all aspects of travelling including air travel.  Along with passengers having to wear masks, transportation workers and flight personnel have new regulations in place about when they will be required to wear masks.  Below is a link to the full federal Ministry of Transportation guidelines.
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/guidance-material-air-operators.html

Local Updates

I’m Library People merchandise is back!
The Toronto Public Library Foundation is online and filling orders for your favourite t-shirts, tote bags and more. Each purchase helps with the vital work being done at TPL because partial proceeds are reinvested into the Library’s highest priority needs. Now is the time to support the world’s busiest library system – in style.

Keelesdale Neighbourhood Group
The Keelesdale Neighbourhood Group is hosting a BioBlitz from this Sunday to next Sunday (June 7-14). Details are available at facebook.com/groups/keelesdale. They are kicking off the week with an introductory Zoom event at 4-4:30pm on Sun June 7, but you can join in any time during the week - just download the iNaturalist app and start snapping!

In Ward 9, we invite visitors to Bert Robinson Park to join us in exploring what lives in Keelesdale. We will being using the iNaturalist app to photo and tag wild animals, plants, flowers, trees, bees, insects, lichen... as many living things as we can. So if you are in Bert Robinson Park, please join in!

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto weekend update on services, amenities and ActiveTO
The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

With nice weather approaching, residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise, but are reminded to follow public health advice to practice physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

City of Toronto advises two large business sectors – restaurants and personal service settings – to prepare for safe reopening
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy.

Short-term rentals must continue to comply with City of Toronto bylaw as Province of Ontario lifts emergency order
Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, following an amendment to an order under the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operations must be in accordance with these bylaws.

Provincial

Ontario to release details on ‘Stage 2’ of reopening businesses next week
The Ontario government is expected to release details on the next stage of reopening the economy early next week.

Speaking at Queen’s Park on Friday, Premier Doug Ford said that his government will soon release information about what Stage 2 of the “restart phase” will look like.

Federal

Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

Canada’s first-ever virtual Environment Week a success
This week, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, commemorated the 2020 edition of Canadian Environment Week by participating in various virtual events.

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