Saturday, May 15, 2021

Toronto at full stop until after Labour Day 2021


Open, closed, take the 2nd dose soon, don't take the second dose soon, don't mix vaccines, okay mix vaccines; it's really hard to know what to do as the experts change their minds and crazy people throw their two cents in, what we do know is that as the Province has extended the lockdown until June 2nd and the City of Toronto has cancelled all major in-person events till September 6. 
Elton John in concert, done for now in Toronto
Street festivals, done for now

I thought we were supposed to be vaccinated by July, however I checked and the Government of Canada thinks that won't be till September, "COVID-19 vaccines will be available to everyone in Canada who are recommended to get the vaccine by federal, provincial and territorial public health bodies. Doses of the vaccines will be distributed in Canada in phases, which began in December 2020. Assuming the continued supply of safe and effective vaccines, it's expected there will be enough vaccines to immunize everyone for whom vaccines are approved and recommended. We anticipate this will be accomplished by September of 2021."
Charity events like the Ride for Event have gone virtual or have been cancelled
Red Bull fleet has gone silent

The two level of governments don't want you to even think of sports right now, or sports and pops, or pops and outdoor fun. Trinity-Bellwoods Park is all circled up again but people are still crammed into public transit. Get the vaccines out and hopefully life in the great outdoors and the busy cities will come back to normal. And I don't even care if we have to continue to wear masks in certain circumstances, heck many people are glad not to have caught a few colds in the past year - saved by face coverings. Luckily large quantities of vaccines are coming into Canada and this weekend there will be almost 50 vaccination clinics in Toronto. At this time Toronto has poked over 1.6 million people with doses of the various vaccines.

"The Team Toronto effort is focused on getting as many residents vaccinated as quickly as possible based on available supply. It is also expanding mobile vaccination efforts across Toronto to bring vaccine to the neighbourhoods most in need. This weekend, Team Toronto Mobile Sprint Strategy will vaccinate 19,994 people age 18 years and older."
Fort York historic site, closed until further notice
Cosplay conventions, done for now

Here is the City's news release on the cancellations. City of Toronto extends cancellation of in-person major participatory events to Labour Day:

"To continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help provide predictability to major event organizers, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted outdoor events to September 6.

Today's announcement includes festivals and other large, in-person gatherings, held at outdoor sites managed by the City or other public locations, such as roads, parks and civic squares.

The City understands the importance of these events to Toronto's vitality, liveability and prosperity. City staff are working in close collaboration with event organizers, who in every instance possible have been consulted on this approach and given advance notice of this decision. The City is committed to working closely with event organizers to help them manage through 2021 and come back stronger in 2022.

Mass participation festivals and events require long lead times for planning, rely on City sites, supports or permissions, and present higher public health risks given limits to physical distancing and exposure to attendees from outside of the area. The need to sustain essential services also limits the City's ability to support third-party event organizers.

Event organizers have asked the City for as much advance notification as possible to enable them to make sound decisions in support of public health efforts and their business needs, accessing insurance, supporting impacted employees, managing sponsors and developing alternative approaches, such as virtual events. Providing this cancellation notice will allow many events to avoid incurring unnecessary costs and access insurance and other supports.

This decision, made in consultation with Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, Toronto Police Service and mass participation event organizers, follows the previous cancellation of all such events up to July 1 and supports the directive that physical distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

The following is a list of major in-person events impacted by this decision. This list has been provided by permitting divisions and event status may be subject to change. Many of these events will be offered virtually. For the most up-to-date status of an event, please contact the event organizer directly.

• Taste of the Middle East
• Taste of Lawrence
• Honda Indy
• Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
• Afrofest
• Salsa in Toronto
• 49th Annual Festival of India
• Bloor West StreetFest
• Beaches Jazz Festival
• Oss Fest
• Caribbean Junior Carnival
• Scarborough Ribfest
• Caribbean Carnival, King and Queen Competition, Pan Alive and Grand Parade
• Taste of the Danforth
• Vegandale Food Drink Festival
• Bollywood Film Fair
• Waterfront Night Market
• Canadian National Exhibition
• Mabuhay Philippines Festival
• Toronto Chinatown Festival
• Labour Day Parade"
Sex shows, cancelled for now

Mayor John Tory says "The City and the vast majority of Toronto residents are doing everything we can right now to stop the spread of COVID-19 and get vaccinated. Following the public health measures and getting vaccinated as soon as you're eligible will help us bring this pandemic to an end so that we can safely gather together once again. We will continue to support the City's major events through these tough times and will do everything we can to make sure they come back stronger in 2022."
Buskerfest, cancelled for 2021
Nuit Blanche 2021 - is still a go!

There is good news from the NB website: "Nuit Blanche Toronto will return on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This will mark the 16th Edition of Toronto's free, city-wide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art."

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