Toronto wants to curb unsafe social distancing. The 6ix officially launched a new initiative to continue the battle against COVID-19 on April 27. During a daily press briefing, Toronto Mayor John Tory shared with reporters a new pedestrian program called CurbTO which aims to help stop the community spread of the virus in the city.

According to the City's news release, a collaboration between Toronto Public Health, Transportation Services, Toronto Police Services, and Tory's office is looking to ensure proper social distancing between pedestrians in the city.

"The CurbTO program [aims] to continue to support efforts to stop COVID-19 by encouraging physical distancing for pedestrians passing line ups and passing each other on narrow sidewalks," said Tory during the press briefing. 

CurbTO will focus on two initiatives.

Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones will see parts of traffic lanes downtown cordoned off to allow for better lines and social distancing practices in downtown areas around essential businesses, according to the release.

The other initiative is Temporary Parking Pickup Zones for drivers and those who deliver. These motorists will be allowed to park for 10 minutes in spots close to the essential business in question.

Overall, the statement highlights 10 spots that will start hosting the initiative from today. The City plans to expand to more than 100 locations.

However, calls for some streets to be shut down entirely in favour of pedestrians, which had been reported by the likes of CTV News, have not been met.

For now, pedestrian and parking zones include Danforth Avenue and Broadview Avenue, Front Street East and Berkeley Street, Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue, and Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street.

Pedestrian zones only include Carlton Street and Church Street, Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue, Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street, and Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue.

"Primarily the hot spots are where there is sidewalk crowding and temporary parking concerns around essential businesses," reads the statement.

"Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants/bars and community agencies are increasingly offering pick-up, take-out and delivery services and have created store access queues to maintain physical distancing requirements as recommended by Toronto Public Health," it adds.

Long lines have been repeatedly reported in Toronto over the last few weeks — outside LCBO stores, for instance.

In fact, waiting in line has become the new normal and it can be hard to maintain proper health practices at all times in these crowds. 

This news comes after the province released its framework detailing how it hopes to re-open Ontario's economy through a three-step plan within the next few months.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.


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