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Toronto cancels all city-led events amid COVID-19 cases rise

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The City of Toronto has cancelled all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events up to and including Canada Day amid news that COVID-19 cases could again be on the rise in the city.

Mayor John Tory made the announcement during a briefing at city hall on Wednesday, telling reporters that the “disappointing news” is “no more pleasant to deliver than it is to receive.”

The decision comes as Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa reveals that Toronto’s reproductive number has risen to 1.1 after having stood at 0.81 as recently as last week, a development she said is “disheartening.”

“This means that right now in Toronto each new case of COVID 19 is giving rise to more than one new case of COVID 19. It means that our epidemic is in a position where it is again growing,” de Villa said during the briefing. “This is not where we want to be.”

Major events cancelled include:

  • Toronto Marathon, half Marathon, 5k, 10k and relay (will be a virtual event)
  • Sporting Life 10k (will be a virtual event)
  • Canadian Music Week (will be a virtual event)
  • Doors Open Toronto (cancelled)
  • Juno Awards (will be a virtual event)
  • Ride for Heart (will be a virtual event)
  • NXNE Music Festival (will be a virtual event)
  • Luminato (virtual option to be determined)
  • The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer (will be a virtual event)
  • TD Toronto Jazz Festival (virtual option to be determined)
  • Indigenous Arts Festival (will be a virtual event)
  • Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (will be a virtual event)
  • Trans March, Dyke March & Pride Parade (will be a virtual event)
  • Scarborough Canada Day Parade & Celebration (cancelled)
  • Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square (cancelled)
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