B.C. has reported 43 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to more than 1,000, including five more deaths. A total of 128 people are in hospital and 61 are in intensive care. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed that 507 people have recovered.
“We are watching very carefully across the province,” Dr. Henry said. “This is our critical time. No one is immune to this virus but everyone can make a difference.”
The City of Toronto has suspended all city-led events, festivals, conferences and cultural programs, in addition to all city permits for major events, through June 30. This includes Toronto’s Pride weekend.
“This is not an easy decision to make but it is necessary to protect the public and save lives,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said. “Protecting the health and safety of Toronto residents has to be the primary concern right now.”
“Many of these events…involve thousands of people, sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, and it is doubtful that the health environment will be where it needs to be on the originally scheduled spring dates.”
Tory also announced that city services and facilities will continue to be closed until further notice, including city-operated programs. Toronto transit is still operating for essential workers who need it.