Editorial

Message from the Chair

TTC Chair Jaye Robinson 16 July, 2021

Toronto enters Step 3 of reopening

I’d like to thank CEO Rick Leary for the opportunity to communicate with you through his weekly message for the second time this year.

As Chair, I could not be more proud of the role that the TTC has played in Toronto’s immunization campaign. Our riders have relied on the TTC network for safe transportation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in recent months, TTC employees have gone above and beyond to help thousands of Torontonians access vaccination clinics across the city.

Through our collective “Team Toronto” efforts, more than four million vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto – an encouraging milestone. As of this week, almost 70 per cent of residents aged 12+ have received their first dose and over 50 per cent are fully vaccinated. Many Torontonians were able to be vaccinated because the TTC helped break down barriers to access by providing affordable and reliable transportation options.

With vaccination rates continuing to increase, Toronto enters Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen today, July 16 – several days ahead of schedule. In Step 3, additional indoor businesses and services will be permitted to reopen and gathering limits will increase, as follows:
> Up to 100 people at outdoor gatherings and organized events;
> Up to 25 people at indoor gatherings and organized events;
> Indoor dining with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect; and
> Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, and festivals, with capacity limits.

As the City’s attractions start to reopen to visitors and employers begin considering a return to the office, the TTC is preparing to safely welcome back more riders to the system. Based on the guidance of our public health officials, face coverings continue to be mandatory in indoor spaces, including when riding the TTC.

Starting in August, the TTC will be launching a campaign to encourage transit ridership in tandem with Toronto’s reopening. The two-pronged strategy will promote the safety of our system – including our enhanced sanitation and health policies – as well as the great destinations that are easily accessible on the TTC network.

Our riders need to be assured that, whenever they feel ready, the TTC remains a safe option to access some of our city’s most iconic landmarks, such as the St. Lawrence Market, Royal Ontario Museum and CN Tower. After a challenging year, public transit will play a critical role in supporting the recovery of Toronto’s economy, including our major cultural attractions.

On behalf of the TTC Board, I’d like to thank you for your continued dedication to our riders and our city. TTC employees kept Toronto moving through the darkest days of the pandemic and will continue to do so through the Step 3 reopening and beyond.

Please keep safe and have a great summer!

Jaye Robinson
TTC Chair
July 16, 2021

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