Toronto reporting under 100 new coronavirus cases since Wednesday

Jul 17 2020, 1:36 pm

The City of Toronto reported 81 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, bringing the total to 15,037 cases with 13,377 recovered.

To date, 1,113 people have died from the virus.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, residents visiting a beach or park must continue to practice physical distancing and avoid crowding.

After crowds were seen at Toronto beaches, the City is reminding residents that bonfires, littering, and parties involving excessive alcohol are not permitted.

So far, officers have cautioned more than 3,700 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws.

And, on Thursday, the City received 55 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing.

For Toronto restaurants and bars, customers can only be inside a restaurant or bar to access an outdoor dining area such as, walk through to a back patio, pick up food, pay or use the washroom.

On July 17,  Toronto Public Health inspectors investigated 12 complaints about restaurants and bars and four locations were not in compliance with orders.

In addition, three warnings were issued for failing to provide distancing on outdoor patios and two charges were laid for illegal indoor dining and failing to provide distance on an outdoor patio.

Even though coronavirus cases are heading in a downward trend, residents are reminded that masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

And importantly, face masks and coverings do not replace the need to keep a distance of two metres or six feet from others.

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