At a time where it may seem like our social lives are anything but social, Toronto is reminding us that we're still a team. In a new initiative to bring some light back into the 6ix, the city has joined forces with five of the biggest local sports teams to create a Toronto physical distancing video. The Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, Toronto FC, and the Argonauts all take part in the nearly two-minute video.

The video, which was shared on social media, starts by showing the emptiness of Nathan Philips Square, around the Scotiabank Arena, in city parks, and on Toronto roads.

"Together, we are one team. Together, we will overcome anything. Together, we are #TeamToronto. Let’s all do our part by staying apart," reads the caption shared onto Twitter.

Toronto Mayor John Tory voices the video, aiming to remind people who we are as a city, despite the hardships that the country is facing.

"In a time where a lot of us are scared, it is important to remember who we are," says Tory.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse also chimes in, reminding the city and about its festivals, celebrations, cultural events, and even the championship, which they confirm will eventually come back if we all continue to stay at home.

"Now is the time for Toronto to come together by staying home," Tory states.

Mike 'Pinball' Clemons, General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts, Leafs forward Mitch Marner, and Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser also make a cameo in the video, urging people to stay home in order to help our frontline health care workers.

Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that there is a possibility that the effects of COVID-19 could be felt for more than a year, we can still do our part by limiting potential cases through social distancing.

In the meantime, all of Toronto's gatherings, celebrations and events have been cancelled until July, in a pre-emptive step to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Despite efforts to enforce social distancing measures, Toronto Public Health reported on April 9 that the city had received 482 social distancing complaints, usually relating to large groups gathering at parks and public spaces. 

Even though this may be a rough time for many, this video provides hope for the return to normality — if we all continue to do our part!

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