Toronto mayor says preparing to cancel fall and winter events due to COVID-19

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TORONTO – Expect major fall and winter events, including New Year’s celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square, to be canceled due to the growing presence of COVID-19 in the city, a said Toronto Mayor John Tory. With several hundred new coronavirus infections reported daily in the city this week and the size of outdoor gatherings reduced to 25 across the province, Tory said there was simply no way to justify the type of gatherings generated by these events.

“People should count that this won’t happen because we just can’t foresee a situation right now, even by then, where we could get 30,000 people together to watch fireworks and so on, ”Tory told CP24 on Wednesday. .

Other events planned for this fall and winter include the Royal Winter Fair, Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Santa Claus Parade.

Tory said the city is preparing an announcement regarding all of these events in the coming days, similar to what has been done for major summer events that have been canceled or gone virtual like Caribbean Carnival or Pride Month.

“If we tell people that big crowd scenes are not good, big gatherings are not good, being in a crowded bar scene after midnight is not good, then there is hardly any reason why we should have big celebrations at Nathan Phillips. Square and Nuit Blanche and all those things, ”Tory said.

The organizers of Nuit Blanche have already said that the all-night art festival will be held virtually this year.

Tory also took the time to urge the Ford government to ‘keep going’ and announce everything it plans to do to counter the second fall wave of COVID-19, instead of stretching it out over days, adding that the public is able to understand more than one facet of a plan at a time and the growing number of cases in the province demands swift action.

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