The City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory are urging March Break travellers to self-isolate for 14 days to stop the spread of COVID-19.
As March Break officially came to an end on Sunday, the city said anyone returning from travel outside of Canada, including the US, need to self-isolate as it is “critical” to help stop the spread, even if symptoms of coronavirus aren’t present.
And anyone returning should also avoid going out in public, even to grocery stores.
“Those returning home who need to restock their house with supplies are encouraged to order online for home delivery or ask a family or friend to pick up items for them,” said the city in a release.
“All other Torontonians are strongly encouraged to stay home and practise social distancing, only making essential trips out for groceries or medicine as required. Ordering these items online and having them delivered is also encouraged.”
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Toronto Mayor John Tory is also reminding travellers to stay home.
An important reminder to March Break travellers returning from outside Canada that you must stay self-isolate for 14 days, even if you don’t have symptoms of illness to protect yourself, your family and your community from the spread of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/7VPx1xprVf
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 22, 2020
According to the City of Toronto, the number of positive cases of coronavirus confirmed by Toronto Public Health in the city continues to increase.
As of 1 pm on March 22, there were now 220 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Toronto with nine hospitalized.
The first Toronto patient to die from the virus was also confirmed on Sunday.