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Major Toronto Businesses to Keep Staff Home Until September

  • Firms including banks, insurers agreed to keep employees home
  • Toronto doesn’t want second or third wave of virus: Mayor Tory
John Tory wears a protective mask before delivering meals to healthcare workers in Toronto on April 24, 2020.
John Tory wears a protective mask before delivering meals to healthcare workers in Toronto on April 24, 2020.Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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Two dozen major Toronto employers -- including Canada’s key banks and insurers -- agreed to keep most of their downtown staff at home until at least September to help contain the spread of Covid-19, said the city’s mayor, John Tory.

The agreement, which also includes telecom companies, accounting firms, lifecos and universities, comes at the request of the city and Tory, who is concerned about a potential flare-up in the pandemic if too many people flood the downtown core as restrictions are lifted.