Summer in the City

We can’t enjoy summer like we did in the past, but I’m having a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures of a staycation. Warm temperatures and bright sunshine is coinciding with what looks like a hiatus in the spread of COVID, which clearly prefers the indoors. So there may not be a better time to get out.

The virus doesn’t take holidays, to be sure, but the number of new cases has been the lowest in months. In Toronto, the weekly total of new cases dropped to 113 , down from 141 the week before, and Ontario’s daily cases stayed under 100 for five days in a row.

Such good numbers, even after the Stage 3 re-opening of indoor bars and restaurants, is testimony to the responsible behaviour of the vast majority of our residents, combined with effective public policy, testing and contact tracing.

In addition to a backyard barbecue or a picnic in a park, there are many things to do in Willowdale and across the city.  Playgrounds and outdoor recreation programs are open, historical walking tours are available, and Drive-Ins are back!

This issue of our newsletter provides an up-to-date list of some of the activities you can enjoy this month.

As always, don’t let your guard down. Even outside, stay two metres away from anyone not part of your bubble and wear a mask whenever you can’t. Clean your hands when touching surfaces that others have touched. If everyone takes these simple measures we can all resume many aspects of normal life while staying safe.

Today’s music video is a bit of nostalgia – from a ’70s summer film’s depiction of summers in the ’50s. Watch John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John telling us about Summer Nights

Best wishes,