Mayor John Tory just announced that all city-led major events, festivals, conference and cultural programs have been cancelled through to June 30 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
It looks like Toronto could be in for a long battle when it comes to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 23, numbers had climbed to 239 confirmed cases, 65 probable, 14 people in hospital and five in the ICU.
Businesses are also asked to increase cleaning and active screening of employees at all businesses.
"While the city recognizes the importance of special events and festivals to the livability and vitality of the city, protecting the health and safety of residents is of primary concern", Tory said in a statement.
As of March 31, Toronto has a reported 763 known cases of the illness, with 66 in hospital and 33 in intensive care.
"In terms of our case counts, in the last two weeks, we have seen a more than 500 per cent increase in these counts", de Villa said.
The City, under the guidance of the Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, will monitor cases and community transmission of coronavirus, adjusting the timing and measures as appropriate.
"This is a tough day and there will be many tough days ahead but we will deal with those tough days starting today and push through so that we can avoid really dark days", he said. "I am deeply concerned".
She said she was also specifically looking to work with provincial partners to reduce the amount of businesses that are still open.
Toronto's top doctor says that residents will likely have to remain at home and only venture outside "for the most essential of needs" for the next 12 weeks amid a surging number of cases of COVID-19 locally that has placed the city on an alarming trajectory.
The end date for the cancellation period will be reviewed every two weeks following the initial announcement and may be extended beyond June 30 in consultation with Toronto's Medical Officer of Health.
"The sacrifices we are asking people to make now will save lives and allow for a quicker recovery".