The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working remotely. As a means to keep the public in the loop about the shutdowns, we'll be sharing information and status updates from around the industry on a regular basis. 

In today's report: Medical Officer of Health recommends Toronto City Council make masks and face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places, Toronto City Council approves CaféTO plan, and more news from the COVID-19 front.

Toronto skyline, image by Forum contributor Rascacielo

Government notices and announcements:

Report from Medical Officer of Health recommends Toronto City Council make masks and face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places

Toronto City Council approves CaféTO plan to safely increase and quickly expand outdoor dining space for local restaurants and bars

Canada Day update on City of Toronto celebrations, services and amenities

Ontario Encourages Support of Local Small Businesses

Vaughan: City-building continues

Brampton Transit to operate buses at an increased capacity, effective July 2

York Region: Smart Commute webinars for navigating the new normal

Markham: Cycling links and patios extended, contactless curbside library services 

Private sector/other notices and announcements:

RE/MAX: Canadian Real Estate and the New Mortgage Rules

Small business recovery still in worrying territory but nudging in right direction, #SmallBusinessEveryDay continues with special Canada Day challenges

Artis Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Date of 2020 Annual Meeting of Unitholders

artsUNITE / UNITÉ des arts launches to help Ontario's creative community access relief and supports for recovery during and post-COVID-19

Everyone from construction workers to brokers to real estate executives are encouraged to share tips on what work and events have stopped, what is proceeding, and how their businesses are being affected by the various shutdowns. 

You can share information by emailing us, or by posting in our dedicated Forum thread for industry tips.