Based on the advice given by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked all Toronto residents to stay indoors and continue practicing physical distancing during the upcoming faith-based observances.
April brings with it some faith-based events such as Passover, Easter and the start of Ramadan. All residents are gently reminded that they are part of the emergency response of Toronto responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We must all work together, do our bit and stay home, in an effort to flatten the curve in Toronto.
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“The faith communities of our city are always ready to do what they can to help anyone in need. This year, that commitment to helping others means staying home and staying physically apart,” said Mayor Tory. “I am very impressed at how faith leaders have adapted in the face of COVID-19 to offer online supports and services. They are helping save lives by demonstrating their commitment to physical distancing while meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of our community.”
Normally, faith-based holidays are festive moments and much-awaited opportunities to spend time with family and friends. However, the City has urged all residents to continue to follow the emergency orders issued by the province of Ontario, which maintains that all places of worship shall remain closed to reduce the risk of contagion.