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The city of Toronto has launched a 24-hour live steam service that will provide a virtual tour of the High Park cherry blossoms. The park is currently fenced off to prevent crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stream has revealed little more than barren trees and damp trains. The city is planning to block off access to the park starting tomorrow physically. The only way you can visualize those beautiful buds will be via live stream.
A team of parks, bylaws, and police officers will patrol the park, warning anyone attempting to enter that they will be fined anywhere from $750 to a maximum of $5,000. High Park will reopen to the public once the bloom is over. The smaller grouping of cherry blossom trees at Trinity-Bellwoods Park has also been closed to the public and temporarily surrounded by metal fencing.
Mayor of Toronto John Tory said in a statement that residents should be prepared for further events closures throughout the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The events like Canada Day to the Santa Claus Parade may get canceled. He added that people might say that the Santa Claus Parade is in November.
If, in November, we are in a better position, we will consider it; otherwise, if the health officials said it is better to cancel it, the parade will not happen. The city previously announced that all permits for mass gatherings would be canceled through June as Toronto maintains strict social distancing guidelines to deal with a pandemic. Fireworks might still be possible for Canada Day.
Rod and Greg McVeigh had to write an obituary for both their parents in just nine days. Their 77-year-old mother Joan McVeigh died from complications associated with COVID-19 at Seven Oaks Long-Term Care home on April 7. Their 77-year-old dad — a retired Toronto police detective — died suddenly only after nine days.
Both brothers are devastated by the loss. Greg said he and his brother were hopeful their father had not caught the virus, but they were not sure. They said they emailed staff at the facility to ask to have their father tested, and the results came back negative. Their father died of a heart attack.