If you were expecting that Toronto would be back to normal by the summer, then we’ve got some tough news for you. Today, the City of Toronto announced that all major events, both indoor and out, will be cancelled up until and including Canada Day. The decision comes as Toronto continues to grapple with new COVID cases. Here’s the scoop.
Basically, the city thinks that it would be better to cancel events now, considering the complex planning required to put the events on. Additionally, they carry higher public health risks, due to potential travel to and within the various events.
To slow the spread of #COVID19, the #CityofTO is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted major outdoor events to July 1, including #CanadaDay parades, festivals and fireworks.
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) February 24, 2021
According to the city, these are all the events that have been affected:
- Toronto Marathon, half Marathon, 5k, 10k and relay (will be a virtual event)
- Sporting Life 10k (will be a virtual event)
- Canadian Music Week (will be a virtual event)
- Doors Open Toronto (cancelled)
- Juno Awards (will be a virtual event)
- Ride for Heart (will be a virtual event)
- NXNE Music Festival (will be a virtual event)
- Luminato (virtual option to be determined)
- The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer (will be a virtual event)
- TD Toronto Jazz Festival (virtual option to be determined)
- Indigenous Arts Festival (will be a virtual event)
- Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (will be a virtual event)
- Trans March, Dyke March & Pride Parade (will be a virtual event)
- Scarborough Canada Day Parade & Celebration (cancelled)
- Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square (cancelled)
It’s important to note that the status of these events could change as restrictions come and go. However, even if some restrictions are lifted it’s doubtful that any of them will be business as usual. Instead, expect ‘socially-distanced’ options, should they be available.
For the entire press release on Toronto events being cancelled this summer, just click here. Stay safe out there, folks!