Resuming in-person capacity for programs and services

By Jessica Pointon

Assistant to City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

The Province of Ontario continues to ease restrictions and public health measures allowing the City of Toronto to adjust programs and services going into spring. Health units, including Team Toronto, have administered over 6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, reinforcing the next stages of reopening. These high vaccination rates and warmer weather bring more opportunities to engage with others in person.

Government-run websites and elected representatives provide resources to help residents stay informed as the pandemic evolves. While capacity limits for indoor or outdoor public events have lifted on a grand scale, masks or face coverings continue to be required. In most cases, gyms, restaurants, bars, and arts and cultural sites are open, but various locations require proof of vaccination to participate. The Province indicated that it is at businesses’ discretion to enforce proof of immunization at their establishments beyond March 1, applying to shops here in Emery Village.

All City-owned community centres operate at total capacity, including Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre and Habitant Arena. Residents must check the City of Toronto’s website to confirm requirements for attending all fitness and recreational classes. Anyone can continue to print their proof of vaccination for free at a Toronto Public Library branch, such as Woodview Park and Humber Summit, as needed.

Toronto City Hall and the Etobicoke Civic Centre have resumed in-person amenities, including property tax and utility payments. This accessibility update is helpful for seniors and others who prefer to pay at the counter. The City of Toronto posted an online guide for residents and business owners to stay informed on the most up-to-date information about provincial regulations and how they impact communities like Humber River-Black Creek.

Please visit the City of Toronto’s website,, for the latest news on restrictions, requirements, recreational updates, and information for residents using City programs and services. You can continue to contact your City Councillor, Anthony Perruzza, at 416-338-5335 or to ask questions and share your thoughts: