Toronto launches plan to reduce pedestrian traffic hotspots

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As the city enters week 7 of its coronavirus emergency, Toronto is unveiling a plan to tackle social distancing outside of key businesses.

Announced Monday, the CurbTO plan will increase sidewalk space, allowing pedestrians to move safely outside grocery stores and pharmacies, and will facilitate roadside collection areas for delivery drivers and customers .

“The initial list of sidewalk hotspots has been very carefully worked out over the past few weeks,” said Mayor John Tory during the city’s COVID-19 daily media availability on Monday.

Tory announced the first 10 hotspots in and around the city center, but said officials were planning to expand the initiative across the city.

The plan will close sidewalks to allow pedestrians to safely bypass congested sidewalks, as well as establishing designated 10-minute pickup zones for delivery drivers in areas normally reserved for parking.

As of Monday, there were 4,973 cases of COVID-19 in the city.

Three hundred and eight patients are currently hospitalized and 104 are receiving intensive care – a drop of nine ICU patients over the weekend.

Fifty-nine patients died over the weekend, all but 10 in long-term care homes in the city.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Toronto is currently 297.

The total number of patients recovered is 2,670.

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CurbTO initial zones:

1. Carlton Street and Church Street – Pedestrian area
2. Danforth Ave and Broadview Ave – Pedestrian and parking areas
3. Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue – Pedestrian area
4. Bay Street and Yorkville Avenue – Parking area
5. Front St. E. and Berkeley St. – Pedestrian and parking areas
6. Rue Gerrard E. and rue Parliament – Pedestrian area
7. Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue – Pedestrian and parking areas
8. King Street West and Spadina Avenue – Parking area
9. Bloor St. W. and Bathurst St. – Pedestrian and parking areas
10. Queen E. Street and Carlaw Avenue – Pedestrian area

– Source: City of Toronto



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