The City of Toronto announced three more deaths in the city as cases spike to 319 residents.
On Wednesday, Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa one of the deaths was an elderly man who had preexisting conditions and presented himself to North York General Hospital. The other two patients were residents of Seven Oaks long-term care home.
She also noted there are 39 new cases with 22 hospitalized and 16% contracting the virus from community spread.
De Villa stressed the importance of physical distancing prompting the need to close all public parks and amenities.
The City of Toronto announced this afternoon that it would be closing all parks and playgrounds effective immediately as part of the continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Fines will be issued for anyone who tries to enter the now-gated public spaces, and fines can be as high as $5000, according to Chief Matthew Pegg.
Mayor John Tory also shared the closure news on social media.
“Today, the City of Toronto is announcing that all City-owned playgrounds and other parks amenities will be closed effective immediately, as part of our continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Today, the City of Toronto is announcing that all City-owned playgrounds and other parks amenities will be closed effective immediately, as part of our continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/tvXeZqUB9C
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 25, 2020
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On Monday, Mayor John Tory declared a state of emergency for Toronto.
According to the City, the declaration of a municipal emergency is part of the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus and will ensure the municipal government “can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.”
All non-essential businesses across the province have also been mandated to close.