Toronto City Hall and buildings open to the public

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Today, Mayor John Tory and City Manager Chris Murray officially reopened City Hall and welcomed the public back to all City buildings along with City office staff who have been working remotely during the pandemic.

“I am thrilled to welcome the public and City staff who have been working remotely back to City Hall and other City buildings today, said Mayor Tory. “I’m also happy to see that businesses across the city are following our example and safely welcoming their staff back to the offices. I hope others organizations will be inspired to do the same.”

Office workers, representing approximately 20 per cent of the City’s workforce, quickly transitioned to remote work at the start of the pandemic, while approximately 80 per cent of City staff continued to deliver essential and critical services on-site.

In addition to in-person counter services, which reopened on February 22, other public areas of City Hall, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, York Civic Centre and East York Civic Centre have also reopened to the public today.

City Council and committee meetings will transition to a hybrid model starting with the General Government and Licensing committee meeting on Tuesday, March 22. Members of Council will have the option to attend meetings in-person or remotely. The public will also be able to choose to attend and make deputations either in person or virtually.

Following the provincial guidance on face masks, Toronto has lifted masking requirement for visitors in most City facilities, including City Hall and civic centres. As per provincial regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory in high-risk and congregate settings including on public transit, in long-term care and retirement homes, health-care settings and shelters.

As of March 17, approximately 88.9 per cent of all Toronto residents 12 and over have received two doses, with 91.5 per cent having gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 64.5 per cent of eligible residents have received a third dose.

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