With Victoria Day long weekend approaching, the City of Toronto is reminding people to celebrate safely by gathering only with those you live with.
To prevent crowding and gathering, the city cancelled all major events, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks. Yet, Torontonians are encouraged to remain physically active and get out of the house.
For example, the Quiet Streets initiative and major road closures, as part of the ActiveTO program, will enable people to maintain physical distancing while walking, running, using mobility devices, and biking. In addition, the city’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team will continue their important work across the city.
Our city has seen a pattern of increase in #COVID19 transmission related to long weekends. Let’s break that pattern. This #VictoriaDay weekend, let’s celebrate safely by gathering only with those we live with & work towards a summer we can all enjoy. pic.twitter.com/ZLRkbsBYr5
— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) May 17, 2021
Ontario is currently under a stay-at-home order, and reportedly won’t return to the colour-coded COVID-19 response framework once the order ends on June 2. The framework was originally released in November; it listed temporary restrictions and public health/workplace safety measures to help slow the spread of COVID, but it was paused when Premier Doug Ford put Ontario under a province-wide lockdown in April.
On Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott told reporters that the province was working on a safe and careful reopening of Ontario, because the last thing the province wants is “to go into it too quickly” and enter a fourth wave.
MORE: The Ontario government will scrap the colour-coded framework for COVID-19 restrictions that it introduced in the fall and replace it with a new reopening plan that Health Minister Christine Elliott says will be released “very soon.” https://t.co/jJgeyTOeqO https://t.co/74z40R402d
— Megan Shaw (@meganshawCTV) May 18, 2021
“We have to do everything we can to avoid that, so we are working on that, and we expect it will be available very soon,” Elliott said. “It is sector specific looking at what different types of sectors could perhaps be reopened and what their specific needs and timelines are.”
Ontario reported 1,588 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with over 38,400 tests completed. The new numbers include 524 cases in Toronto, 335 in Peel, 105 in Ottawa, and 94 in York Region.
Currently, 7,431,638 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province.