Toronto Public Health vice-chair questions city’s COVID-19 policy
The Public Health unit at Toronto Public Health is recommending that residents keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, including people they’ve just met, before and after visiting areas where they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health staff are also sharing information on best practices for social distancing and hand washing to enhance personal hygiene.
The advice, while based on expert advice, is more broadly applicable to other city of Toronto initiatives such as the city’s updated street cleaning schedule in areas where residents frequently walk or cycle, such as on the streets of the city’s southwest end.
Mayor John Tory responded to the city’s recommendation that residents maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, including people they’ve just met, with a statement on March 14, 2020.
“We know that in the midst of the pandemic, it is important for everyone to practice good personal hygiene,” said Tory. “If you’ve been sitting next to a sick neighbour, you should wash your hands. If you feel feverish, you should wash your hands.”
In addition, the mayor called for additional measures, including those implemented by municipal agencies, in the hopes of reducing the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the public and limiting the number of new infections.
“We know that the virus can be deadly, and we’ll continue to do all we can to prevent new infections and deaths,” said Tory.
On March 19, 2020, Toronto Public Health confirmed that the city has surpassed 10,000 positive COVID-19 cases and over 80,000 people have been tested.
Toronto Public Health is also recommending that residents maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, including people they’ve just met, when they are in the areas where they often walk or cycle, or when they go outside to pick up public transit services, such as the TTC.
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