WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 7,394,905, up from 7,275,409 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 97,060 cases, up from 96,616 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 31,341 cases, up from 31,090 cases yesterday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 251 (0.7%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 25,380 have been resolved (81.0%) and there have been 2,475 deaths (7.9%). The province has now completed 900,339 tests and reports 13,897 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
The City of Toronto has shared a breakdown by postal code of all COVID-19 cases here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Last night, Toronto City Councillor Michael Ford announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Today, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced he is being tested for COVID-19 after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive – Minister Lecce has since tested negative. As a precaution, Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott did not take part in today’s provincial briefing and announced they are being tested for COVID-19.
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, announced that the Government of Canada has partnered with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely.
The “POST Promise” is a voluntary commitment that business owners and managers can make by following five key public health actions that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Maintaining physical distance
- Washing and sanitizing hands
- Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
- Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms
- Practising respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult)
By displaying the “POST Promise” logo, participating businesses can reassure customers that they are doing their part to help protect Canadians’ health and safety. More information here.
The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer’s reopening.
In September, all students will have the opportunity to attend post-secondary education through virtual learning, in-class instruction, or hybrid formats. More information here.
As part of the Ontario government’s Stage 2 reopening plan, more facilities and services will be available at provincial parks in certain regions beginning on June 12, 2020. Gradually over the next several weeks, Ontario Parks will start opening campgrounds, providing more washrooms and drinking water, along with roofed accommodations, park store and rental operations, visitor centres, and sports fields. It’s important to check what facilities and services are available before visiting a provincial park. More information here.
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto, through ActiveTO, has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto.
The Quiet Streets program was officially launched on May 14 and was initially anticipated that approximately 57 kilometres would be installed. In just over three weeks, all planned and approved locations are now in place and, thanks to feedback from councillors and the public, an additional eight kilometres of Quiet Streets were added.
ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend:
- More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
- Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
- Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.
More information here.
The CurbTO program continues to immediately address locations where there is sidewalk crowding and temporary parking concerns around businesses. To date, 82 pedestrian curb lane zones have been installed, 61 temporary parking pick-up zones, and five locations have had sidewalks widened into the curb lane.
Details about CurbTO, including a new map and links to the business application are at toronto.ca/curbTO.
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