Everyone in the West Queen West BIA community and neighbourhood hopes that you are healthy and following all of the City of Toronto guidelines and suggestions in regards to COVID-19.
For your information, here is a link to the most recent statement from the city’s Medical Office of Health: www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/8d79-MOH-Statement_FINAL_13March2020.pdf
There is also ongoing information you may find helpful and informative about protocols and best practices available on these pages:
Ontario Health and Wellness: www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
West Queen West BIA
Our members are also aware of these protocols and guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health, Ontario Health and Wellness and Health Canada to help provide safe environments for employees and customers.
Most of our member businesses are open and operating, and these restaurants, shops and services will have additional strain put upon their already thin margins.
If you are purchasing products and services in the coming days, may we ask you to kindly consider their circumstances and how they might be able to provide some of your needs.
If you are stocking up on supplies, consider getting items from some of our merchants – coffee beans from one of our local coffee shops, for instance, or food from one of our excellent food shops. We also have book stores and a number of shops with games, hobbies and other ways to keep your family occupied during periods spent at home.
If you are planning on spending more time at home, you may find it comfortable to order from West Queen West restaurants through food delivery services. BlogTO reports that Uber has added an option for users to ask that food be left at their door so they do not have to directly interact with a delivery partner, and you can find coronavirus statements from Uber, Lyft and SkipTheDishes on their sites:
SkipTheDishes FAQ: www.skipthedishes.com/faq
Lyft’s latest info on coronavirus: www.lyft.com/safety/coronavirus
Uber Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Updates: www.uber.com/ca/en/coronavirus/
Regarding events, here is a list of the City of Toronto Services and Facilities that will be affected by the coronavirus situation. We have also included a page from NOWToronto that has an up-to-date list of the status of various entertainment events.
NOWToronto list of cancelled/postponed events: nowtoronto.com/culture/toronto-events-cancelled-by-coronavirus/
City of Toronto Affected City Services & Facilities: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
From all of us at WQW – stay safe and stay healthy!