On Friday, City of Toronto officials announced the closures of all licensed child care centres and recreation centres. A multitude of popular attractions in the city followed suit, including the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Most closures run until April 5, at which point, officials said they will reassess the situation.
March Break camps were also cancelled in the city.
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“I said yesterday that residents and businesses need to know that we have their backs. I want to thank federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for the announcement he made this afternoon to support businesses through this pandemic,” Tory said, adding he will continue on as Mayor while in self-isolation.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be Mayor of Toronto,” the statement said. “That is true every single day but as you all know, we all have days of great joy and days which are much tougher.
“Now, it is time for that solidarity, that support, that love, and yes, that sacrifice to come to the fore again. We will come through this together.”
Toronto, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media): It was said by Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement released Friday afternoon, that in the wake of coronavirus outbreak he is self-isolating himself for 14 days after his recent return of a business trip to London, England.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health had also recommended all travelers to Toronto from other countries including United States to self-isolate themselves upon arrival in Toronto.
With the highest daily increase of 22 new cases of COVID-19 recorded by Ontario, since its outbreak, caused a rapid rise of 101 cases, media reports said.
Most of the new cases were associated with with international travel history to destinations including U.S., Egypt, Portugal and Spain, Asia, and a Caribbean cruise.
All of the new cases are reported to be in self-isolation.
Increased efforts of the provincial and federal health officials leading to closures of several events all across Canada, Toronto was also asked to shut down many of its services including its public libraries, city-run daycares and community centres.
Several homeless shelters and major attractions in Toronto like Toronto Zoo and museums are also being closed.
Many events in Toronto including Mirvish theatre performances and TIFF Bell Lightbox showings have been shut down.
It was announced by Toronto city Manager Chris Murray Friday that slowing down of the COVID-19 and to protect the vulnerable populations necessitated the Friday Toronto shutdowns.
On Saturday, nine Toronto shelters announced they were closing during the pandemic—losing 387 beds—saying it was in the best interests of their guests' health.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says he is entering a 12-day self-isolation period after a recent business trip to London, England in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory is in self-isolation after returning from Britain on Wednesday.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa is strongly encouraging everyone to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Toronto from any country, including the United States.
The Ontario government says it's launched a $10 million public awareness campaign to help stop the spread.
The province says it will run ads on multiple platforms to "inform the public about the latest advice from our Medical Officer of Health."
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