There has been a series of announcements today by the municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the approach each government is taking to protect you, your families and our communities. Our office remains in frequent communications with Toronto Public Health in order to provide you with the best support possible, using the most up-to-date information. If you require support from our office, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling (416) 392-7012.
During this time, it is important that we all use trusted sources for our information. All three levels of government have created websites that are regularly updated and can be relied on for accurate information:
In order to keep you informed on the latest COVID-19 news, I have compiled a list of recent announcements below.
- Toronto Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theatres temporarily close
- City of Toronto takes action to enable 24-hour retail deliveries
- Provincial Offences Act courtrooms to temporarily close throughout Toronto
- City of Toronto Economic Support & Recovery Task Force
- Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Smith on the Social Services Sector's Response to COVID-19
- Ontario Committed to Protecting Long-Term Care Residents, Families and Staff
- Statement from the Minister of Finance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ontario's Economy
Toronto Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theatres temporarily close
Today, as part of the City of Toronto's ongoing response to COVID-19, Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa is strongly recommending all bars, dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, and theatres close to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 effective 12:01 a.m., March 17, 2020.
Businesses that provide food takeout and delivery options are encouraged to keep those options available to continue to provide the public with food options while limiting social interactions between people.
Many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theatres have already taken the important step of voluntarily closing their doors to the seated public during the pandemic response. Dr. de Villa is encouraging the rest of the industry to follow that example for the health of our entire community.
Dr. de Villa warned that if businesses fail to comply with the recommendation, she will issue orders to individual establishments under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
City of Toronto takes action to enable 24-hour retail deliveries
As part of the City of Toronto’s response to COVID-19 in support of businesses and the community, effective immediately and until further notice, all retail businesses are exempt from the City of Toronto Noise Bylaw to facilitate after-hour deliveries.
The City's Noise Bylaw includes the ability to provide an exemption in response to extraordinary circumstances affecting the immediate health, safety or welfare of the community. This exemption will ensure retailers can receive deliveries 24 hours of a day, seven days a week to ensure essential goods remain in stock.
Provincial Offences Act courtrooms to temporarily close throughout Toronto
All Provincial Offences Act (POA) courtrooms located in Toronto will be closed from March 16 to April 3. Provincial Offences Act matters will be adjourned without the individual being present and rescheduled to a later date, as per an order by Chief Justice of Ontario.
Individuals who were expected to appear in court are not required to attend and will be notified of new court dates. A notice of the new court date will be sent by mail to the address on file with the court.
Questions can be sent to [email protected] or by calling 416-396-4APS(4277).
City of Toronto Economic Support & Recovery Task Force
Today, The Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force was launched to help protect Toronto’s economic success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Task Force will identify immediate and longer-term economic recovery strategies for residents and businesses, with a focus on supporting those segments of the economy that are most strongly impacted by COVID-19, such as tourism, hospitality and entertainment.
Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Smith on the Social Services Sector's Response to COVID-19
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, provided an update on the measures being put into place across the social services and youth justice sectors:
In line with the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and to ensure a safe and secure environment for all, the province is recommending that, where feasible, our service providers consider only allowing essential visitors until further notice. We are also asking that they undertake a screening process at all locations. We have prepared a toolkit including a screening checklist and signage to aid in ensuring these measures can be implemented.
Ontario Committed to Protecting Long-Term Care Residents, Families and Staff
In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for residents, the Chief Medical Officer of Health recently advised long-term care homes to only allow essential visitors—people visiting residents who are very ill or require end-of-life care—until further notice.
Statement from the Minister of Finance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ontario's Economy
In response to events here at home and around the world, private-sector economists have revised the economic outlook used to develop the 2020 Ontario Budget scheduled to be released next Wednesday.
As Ontario's Minister of Finance, it is important that I introduce a financial plan for the province that is as current as possible given the dynamic situation. So instead of a full Budget, I will release an economic and fiscal update on March 25 based on our best understanding of the current situation.
This update will include a realistic one-year outlook based on current economic projections. It will provide certainty to hospitals, schools, municipalities, and other partners for the year to come. Our approach will include increased resources for our healthcare system, direct support for people, and action to protect jobs and our economy. This is a responsible course that maintains confidence and stability, while providing the flexibility to respond quickly to changing events.
Trudeau closes Canadian borders to most foreign travellers amid coronavirus outbreak
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be closing its borders to most foreign travellers in an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Speaking to reporters from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Trudeau said Canada is taking “increasingly aggressive steps” and will be closing its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.