We encourage everyone to stay informed during this fast-changing time. We realize it can be difficult to navigate fact vs fiction, so we encourage you to explore the links below and the helpful information from the City of Toronto and World Health Organization. Below are the most accurate and up-to-date resources to keep you, your family, and your friends safe.
City of Toronto COVID-19 Updates
(last updated 01/26/20)
The City of Toronto has announced a plan to support retailers as they re-open for curbside pickup and delivery on Monday. CurbTO is reducing sidewalk crowding in front of essential businesses and retail locations throughout Toronto, supporting increased demand for pickup and delivery services.
Watch the City’s media briefings Monday to Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Ministry of Health’s Self-Assessment:
How to Protect Yourself:
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed. Prevention measures include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Stay home when you are ill
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
For general, day-to-day activities, there is no need to wear a surgical or N95 mask
What does Social Distancing Mean?
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health is recommending social distancing as a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community. Social distancing measures include:
- Keeping 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others
- Avoiding mass gatherings
- Avoiding crowds
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 spreads through direct contact with the respiratory droplets of someone who is infected with the virus through their cough or sneeze. These droplets can spread up to 2 metres, or 6 feet. It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.