COVID-19 Update for June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during this very difficult time. It is very important for all of us to the best of our ability to follow the mandatory physical distancing bylaw!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 19 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: Spaghetti & meatballs (Halal and veggie options available). Register here.

Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario. The app will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly. Use of the app will be voluntary. For more information please read the news release.

Ontario enhancing COVID-19 case and contact management

As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. The government’s enhanced strategy focuses on strengthening and standardizing case and contact management by:

  • Ensuring all new cases and close contacts are identified early
  • Support public health units with additional staff from Statistic Canada
  • Improve technology tools by modernizing Integrated Public Health Information Systems
  • Launching a privacy-first exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19

For more information please read the news release.

Temporary Commercial Eviction Moratorium

Yesterday, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020. Learn more here.

Mandatory masks or face coverings on the TTC

Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.

Registration for CaféTO

Registration is now open for CaféTO. The proposed new program aims to make it easier for many restaurant and bar operators to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines, safety priorities, and accessibility requirements.

Restaurant and bar operators can visit to learn more about the proposed program, its requirements and how to register.

The CaféTO Placement Guidebook is now online. The CaféTO staff report that will be considered by Executive Committee on June 22, followed by Council on June 29 is now available.

ORHMA webinar for local restaurants and bars

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is planning a complimentary 1-hour webinar for business owners to help prepare establishments for re-opening.

Registration for the webinar is now open.

Topic: Patio Opening & Extensions for establishments in the City of Toronto

When: Tuesday June 23 at 1 p.m.

Who: Representatives from ORHMA will be joined by representatives from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) who will offer their input and answer questions.

ActiveTO major road closures, Quiet Streets & Cycling Network

The following ActiveTO Major Road closures that will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 11 p.m. include:

  • 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

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at

CampTO programs start July 13

The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. CampTO is a new creative camp experience that offers outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts, and nature-based activities. This camp features additional staff for smaller camper to leader ratios to help maintain physical distancing in camp and ensure safe supervision of campers. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. CampTO is designed for maximum fun and safety for campers 6 – 12 years of age. Learn more at

City of Toronto records 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19

The City of Toronto today announced the 1,000th death due to COVID-19 and sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends for their loss. This tragic milestone is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to fight COVID-19 and protect people in our community. Learn more here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases

There are 13,661 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 276 people hospitalized, with 72 in ICU. In total, 11,501 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 104 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Youth Summit: Youth Impact 2020

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Presents a two-day fun filled youth conference through Zoom. Throughout the conference, participants enjoy a multitude of workshops where they can develop essential personal skills, and get educated on topics like financial literacy, goal planning, and personal development.

This Youth Summit includes 2-days of workshops (4 in total) two workshops on Tuesday June 23 and two workshops Wednesday June 24. You can sign up for the Morning Session from 11AM to 1PM or the Evening Session from 4PM to 6PM.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 

The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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Our KGO Update

Read about East Scarborough’s latest roundup of key neighbourhood resources, virtual results, and up to date information through The East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter “Our KGO Updates.” Check out their latest issue HERE. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Essential Government Information for COVID -19 

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at 

The City’s website has a tool that can translate pages into 51 different languages. 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: 

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here:

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website with up to date information:



You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at

All my Best,  


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