Toronto’s COVID-19 lockdown is over

Toronto sets January date for city workers to return to the office, amid rising COVID-19 cases, Omicron uncertainty and more

Toronto has set a date for its residents to return to the office.

City staff have been on a rotating door for weeks with no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

They have been spending six days and 28 hours a week at home.

“It’s almost a month until we can return to the office, and we still don’t know how we’ll do it,” said Councillor Gord Perks.

“But we’ll get to it.”

The city has a plan, which will be presented to council on Monday.

Toronto will bring back employees who currently work remotely, while it takes care of the other 70,000 in the province. It will provide free testing to anyone affected by COVID-19.

There will be two or three days off a week for staff, the city said on Twitter.

There are at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city, along with seven in the province.

At least five other people in Ontario have tested positive, and six more are in hospital with mild symptoms.

The three-week lockdown, ordered three weeks ago by Premier Doug Ford, has been extended through May 16.

All non-essential services will be shuttered for the time being, as well as the public’s transit passes.

This year, Toronto saw its worst outbreak of COVID-19 cases in a century.

Here are some other facts about how the virus has spread in Toronto.

How many have died from the virus?

There are currently four COVID-19 deaths in Ontario:

There are also three confirmed cases in Toronto, two of whom are in hospital with stable conditions.

The first case had been in a hospital in Markham, Ont., in February.

The second case tested negative on two consecutive tests. The other case was at a different hospital in downtown Toronto, on Jan. 22, 2020.

The city has tested a total of four people since then — including a young woman in her 20s from Toronto.

There are 14 other people in hospital with mild symptoms, five of whom are people connected to the cases. One of these is a man in his 80

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