The City of Toronto is cancelling all in-person Canada Day events.
According to the City and recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, it will join other municipalities across Canada in celebrating a national virtual Canada Day on July 1, 2020.
“I would like nothing more than to celebrate Canada Day as we usually do, with friends and family and enjoying our neighbourhoods together, but we just can’t this year, out of caution and an overriding concern for public health,” said Mayor John Tory in a statement.
“I look forward to celebrating with Toronto residents virtually on July 1, but even more, I look forward to the day when we can safely resume our celebrations in-person.”
The City delivers and partners with a number of community-based Canada Day events.
These City-led and City-permitted events are now cancelled and include:
- • Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay, Centennial Park, Milliken Park, Stan Wadlow Park and Weston Lions Park
- Canada Day celebrations on Mel Lastman Square
- Scarborough’s annual Canada Day event
- Centennial Park Canada Day Celebration
- East York Canada Day parade and festival.
- Additional details on the virtual celebrations will be released as the City works with its partners.
Additional details on the virtual celebrations will be released at a later date.
As of Friday, there are 5,687 COVID-19 cases in Toronto, with 369 deaths.
Toronto city council unanimously voted on Mayor John Tory’s request that the state of emergency measures be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, in the city’s first-ever virtual meeting, council passed Tory’s extension, which will ensure the municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the emergency, administer other necessary City business, plan for recovery and focus on protecting the health of all residents.
This also includes extending the new physical distancing emergency bylaws, to retain physical distancing regulations in parks and public squares for the duration of the COVID-19 municipal emergency, according to the City.