The weekend has finally returned and in response, the City is opening more services and amenities for residents to enjoy, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.
With plenty of sunshine on the forecast, residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise but they are also reminded to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face-covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Ahead of the weekend, the City released a guide to all of the services and amenities that are open and which remain closed.
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed;
- Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue);
- Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue
Residents planning to use the major road closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.
Approximately 65 km of Quiet Streets are also available for local residents throughout the city, which are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking, and slow-moving local traffic only.
New this week, work on the installation of a temporary bike lane started on University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West. Design and installation planning are well underway for routes along Bloor Street, between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street, and Bayview Avenue between River Street and Rosedale Valley Road.
St. Lawrence Market
The Saturday Farmers Market at the market continues this weekend and outdoor farmers will be located on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street. Other farmers will continue to operate inside the temporary market at 125 The Esplanade. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers will continue to start on Market Street for entrance to both areas.
The South Market (main Market building) will also be operating with revised hours of operation from Tuesdays to Saturdays. South Market entrances are limited to manage customer traffic. Customers can access the South Market from the Front Street East main automatic doors or the Market Street north entrance.
On Saturdays, the Market currently sees the highest number of customers. Peak times at the Farmers Market are from early to mid-morning and from mid-morning to mid-afternoon at the South Market. Wellness screenings are conducted at all Market entrances. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while shopping at the Market.
City parks and amenities
City park amenities open this weekend include:
- Picnic shelters
- Soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks
- Baseball diamonds and basketball courts
- Some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
- Lawn bowling and outdoor bocce
- Off-leash dog parks
- BMX locations and skateboard parks
- City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
- Ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
- Fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing
Park amenities that remain closed include playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools, fixed barbecues, and wading pools and splash pads. Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm also remain closed. The City is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites.
Permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds continue to be cancelled. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer, basketball or baseball, even on fields or courts intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.
Additionally, there is still no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park and the ferry will continue running for Island residents only.
Toronto beaches remain open as they are not closed under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Toronto beaches are open, there are no lifeguards on duty. As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22, and they will supervise each location daily from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Public washroom facilities
Park washrooms will be open to the public this weekend. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities.
Residents using public washrooms should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line and should wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
Park parking lots
Most Toronto Parks’ parking lots in City parks are open this weekend. Three lots will remain closed: Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside, and Woodbine. The parking lot at High Park continues to be closed on weekends.