COVID-19 in Toronto: City Prepares to Open Farmers’ Markets and City-Managed Daycares

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Mayor John Tory says the city is preparing to reopen some of the day care centers it operates, while Toronto continues to see a gradual decline in new cases of COVID-19. Tory said Friday afternoon at a press conference that the city will close its emergency day care centers by June 26 and reopen 11 city-run centers by June 29.

Among the other daycares:

  • The 10 will open in July.
  • The 19th will open in September.
  • Seven are “awaiting further analysis”.

Tory said city staff will work with families using the emergency centers to provide them with an alternative.

Staff will also prioritize child care spaces, taking into account factors such as parents who must return to work in person.

” [Child-care centres] will be absolutely essential to the success of our economy over the next few years, “said Tory Friday.

City Launches New Dashboard to Track Containment Progress

City Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa announced Friday that Toronto Public Health has launched a new COVID-19 dashboard that examines the spread and containment of viruses, trends in laboratory tests, the ability of health system and the capacity of the public health system.

To track these four categories, the city will assign a red, yellow or green color to reflect the current state.

The spread and containment of the Toronto virus, as well as laboratory tests, are currently in the yellow zone, which is in the middle of the range.

De Villa said these positive indicators support the city’s current approach to gradual and safe reopening.

But if the city enters red territory, it could mean officials have to rethink the reopening plan, said de Villa.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s health care system capacity is in the green zone.

“We can’t stay locked up in our homes forever,” said Coun. Friday, Joe Cressy, president of the health council.

“Until there is a vaccine or treatment, this is the new standard of living with COVID-19,” he added.

“Reopening and living with COVID-19, there will be more cases… there will be more deaths. ”

But he said the new dashboard acts as a “recovery scorecard” to monitor the city’s reopening framework and inform measures to ensure the safety and health of Torontonians.

City Prepares To Reopen Farmers Markets

Meanwhile, the city is preparing to reopen farmers’ markets – a decision it says was made in consultation with public health officials.

According to a statement released on Friday, the city is working with market organizers to safely reopen the markers at the city’s 22 sites where they would be regularly located.

“Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get out and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector,” said the release. .

Meanwhile, the Saint-Laurent open-air market is expected to open on Saturday and will remain open until the end of the “growing season” on November 14.

The city says market organizers have worked with the city’s CurbTO program to move the outdoor space on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street to allow for physical distance.

The programming zones for the indoor and outdoor farmer’s market will start on Market Street and both zones will operate every Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks when shopping.

Toronto had 114 new COVID-19 cases at 3 p.m. Thursday, which brings the city’s cumulative total to 13,063.

Here is an overview of the other key data points in the city:

  • Some 306 people remain in hospital with COVID-19.
  • Of these, 72 are in intensive care.
  • There have been 965 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The city says about 13% of people infected with the new coronavirus had to be hospitalized.

More than 10 km of roads to close this weekend

Meanwhile, more than 10 kilometers of main roads will be closed this weekend as part of ActiveTO – a recently implemented city initiative that blocks roads for everything except local traffic, bikers, runners and walkers.

The following closings are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 6 a.m. and end on Sunday at 11 p.m .:

  • Eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West, from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. The Gardiner Expressway exit ramp east to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit number 146) will also be closed.
  • Eastbound lanes of East Lake Shore Boulevard, Leslie Street to south of Woodbine Avenue on Kew Beach Avenue.
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road.
  • River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

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