Rima Berns‑McGown MPP, Beaches–East York

Government of Ontario

Covid-19: Information for Residents

I am very aware that many of us are worried about how we are going to get through the tough time ahead of us. It will be a test of all of us in Beaches-East York as a community, but I am certain that we will rise to the challenge. Given the global situation, things could change rapidly and we should recognize the potential transmission risk and continue to monitor closely the advice given by our public health officials.

Please do remember that we are all in this together. Let’s all try to support each other and above all, let us all please be kind.


Reminder:  This crisis and the response is constantly evolving, as such changes may have occurred between the time of reading this post and publishing it. For the most up-to-date information and contact information for Toronto Public HealthOntario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency


Newsletter Updates:

February 24, 2021: Vaccine Update & Webinar, Legislature Resumed and More

January 13, 2021: Stay-at-home order, & Community Conversation: coping with virtual school

December 15, 2020: A year in Review 

November 23, 2020: Toronto is in Lockdown, & Just Launched - Great Neighbour Award!

October 11, 2020: Return to stage two, Long-term care

September 24, 2020: Legislature Resume, Event Notice: Black seeds grow here

August 4, 2020: We need a safe plan for schools

June 26, 2020: Updates, Forum: Fighting Hate in the East End and more...

May 20, 2020: Yesterday was the first day of the government’s phased re: opening

April 27, 2020: Ramadan Mubarak to everyone observing this month

April 16, 2020: Fighting for you   

April 8, 2020: This year for Pesach and Easter, I'll be connecting with family online  

April 3, 2020: Thank you for everything you are doing to keep safe 

March 26, 2020: Canada Emergency Response Benefit & Ontario's Covid-19 Action Plan

March 19, 2020: Updates; Emergency Legislation & Federal Relief Announcement 

March 13, 2020: March E-Newsletter; Covid-19


Federal Support:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

For a more detailed look at the Federal announcement, and break down of the various programs for individuals and businesses. 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit, a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months


For more local and timely information: Updates are available daily on the following websites:


Information from Toronto Public Health on local cases, how to protect yourself and where to seek further medical support.



Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment: Use this if you think COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, to help determine if you need to seek further care.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.



Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.

Provincial Government News Releases

The latest announcements from the provincial government are posted here: ontario.ca/news

Support for businesses

List of Essential Businesses

Toll-free hotline for businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health: 1-888-444-3659


Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Updates on the national response, travel advice and preparedness.

- Vulnerable populations and COVID-19

How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19

- Reduce the spread of COVID-19 – Wash your hands



Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.


Telehealth Ontario

For medical advice, you may contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000


Toronto Public Health Hotline

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(closed on statutory holidays)

Saturday and Sunday:

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Translation is available in many languages.

Telephone: 416-338-7600

TTY: 416-392-0658

Email: [email protected]


My Constituency Office

My staff will be working from home until April 3, 2020, but we remain available to serve constituents of Beaches - East York by phone and email: 


[email protected]