Popular Jamaican restaurant closes temporarily in Toronto after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, a culinary staple for home-style curries and melt-in-your-mouth patties, has temporarily closed its doors until further notice, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The restaurant broke the news via social media on Sept. 21st, stating that the staff member, whose last shift was on Sept. 17th, is currently quarantined

COVID-19 crushes annual Toronto Christmas Market at the historic Distillery District

The Toronto Christmas Market at 55 Mill Street is one of the biggest holiday draws, with more than 700,000 people attending the market annually. The market typically runs for six weeks leading up to the holiday season. This year, the market is cancelled due to COVID-19. “Given the pandemic and the number of patrons who

Ontario announces new social gathering limits in COVID-19 hot spots

Ontario Premier Doug Ford made his message regarding social gathering clear at Queen’s Park Thursday afternoon. “We will throw the book at you if you break the rules,” Ford said, admonishing people breaking rules in unmonitored social gatherings. Currently, in Stage 3 of the provincial reopening, there is a limit of 50 people on social

COVID-19 cases in Toronto mall eateries on the rise

Ontario’s number of active COVID-19 cases has risen to the highest level in four weeks. There have been clusters of the virus across the GTA, and some of the positive cases have been identified in Toronto malls and restaurants. On Aug. 31, Yorkdale mall management was notified by JOEY restaurant that someone at their location

Yorkdale Mall store temporarily shuts down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Foot Locker at Yorkdale Mall is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 last week. A mall spokesperson confirmed that store management closed the location on Thursday, Aug. 27 to allow for appropriate cleaning and sanitization, and that mall operations has ensured a “deep cleaning” of all exterior surface areas, in addition

Toronto announces $1.7 million in property tax relief for live music venues impacted by COVID-19

Toronto Mayor John Tory announced on Thursday that 45 live music venues will receive a combined property tax relief to the tune of $1.7 million — $0.92 million for the municipal portion and $0.78 million for the education portion of their property taxes. The money is meant to support the city’s live music industry in

Toronto Public Health warns hundreds of people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a Toronto strip club

The City of Toronto says that approximately 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 after an employee at a Yonge Street strip club tested positive for the virus. According to a statement released  by the city on Aug. 14, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is notifying people who visited the Brass Rail Tavern, located at

Simcoe investigating after 11 people who attended Muskoka resort and restaurant test positive for COVID-19

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases involving people who attended a resort and a restaurant in Muskoka over the August long weekend. Eleven people out of a group of about 30, all from various families, who attended the Deerhurst Resort and 3 Guys and a Stove restaurant over the

Popular Toronto Thai restaurant temporarily closes after a staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at downtown Thai restaurant Pai has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the restaurant to temporarily close its doors. Pai made the announcement via Instagram yesterday, sharing that the staff member had last worked this past Monday and is currently quarantining at home.     View this post on Instagram   While we were

Toronto providing temporary housing for refugees and asylum seekers during COVID-19

A new City of Toronto program will help newcomers experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. The program, operated on behalf of the city by the community agency, WoodGreen Community Services, is providing 70 vacant units in Regent Park as temporary housing for refugees and asylum seekers. Move-ins will take place on a phased in-basis starting from mid-July

Toronto to consider quarantine centres for COVID-19 patients

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is recommending that the city offer quarantine centres for COVID-19 patients who can’t self-isolate at home. The recommendation was made — and unanimously approved — by the Toronto Board of Health on Thursday morning during a virtual meeting. “The risk of COVID-19 shouldn’t depend on where

Ontario government finally halts all commercial evictions during COVID-19

Ontario is pausing commercial evictions as the province continues with its COVID-19 recovery plan. On Wednesday night, the provincial government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing the evictions of commercial tenants. The act will protect these businesses from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. Tenant rights activists

Minister Lecce tests negative for COVID-19 after joining the premier in a press conference yesterday

Education minister Stephen Lecce joined Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, the minister of health for their daily press conference on Tuesday to announce that child care centres across the province were allowed to open this Friday, June 12. Since then, Lecce learned that he had come into contact with someone who tested positive for