City of Toronto cancels major events


John Tory

Toronto Mayor John Tory  announced on Tuesday that all major city events and event permits are cancelled until June 30, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Pride Toronto’s Festival Weekend, which includes the Pride Parade slated for June 28, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival are among the cancelled events.

“While the City recognizes the importance of special events and festivals to the livability and vitality of the city, protecting the health and safety of residents is of primary concern,” Tory said.

Toronto now has 793 cases of the virus. Of this number, 628 are confirmed and 165 are considered probable. A total of 65 people are in hospital, with 33 in intensive care beds. The city has registered eight deaths attributed to COVID-19.

A news release from the City of Toronto notes  that the end date for the cancellation period will be reviewed every two weeks following the initial announcement and may be extended beyond June 30 in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and in consideration of the provincial prohibition of organized public events and social gatherings