COVID-19

This page is dedicated to information, policies, and procedures around the reopening of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.  Please check back here periodically as this page will be continually updated with new information.


Please check HERE for our operating hours.


Background

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre closed its doors on Friday, March 13, in response to the Provincial state of emergency and the announcement by the City of Toronto that all community centres be closed.  In compliance with the order, the Ralph Thornton  Community Centre, along with the Queen/Saulter branch of Toronto Public Library and the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre, remained closed to the public.  While the building remained closed, we offered some of our programs remotely.

As the Province moved Toronto through various stages of the state of emergency, RTCC has moved into the position where City and Provincial guidelines permit us to resume most of our operations, within regulations and guidelines designed to minimize risk of spread of COVID-19.

Priorities

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s priorities remain:

  • Ensuring the safety of the users, volunteers, and staff of the Centre;
  • Reopening in a manner that is financially sustainable;
  • Ensuring that we are meeting all regulations and guidelines for COVID-safe operation, and wherever possible adopting best practices, even if not required to do so;
  • Ensuring that, as much as possible, the hours and schedules of all staff are protected;
  • Ensuring that priority goes to those services that target the most marginalized residents of our neighbourhood; and,
  • Working in collaboration with community partners and other local organizations.

The South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre has re-opened.  Please check HERE for their current information.

The Toronto Public Library Queen/Saulter Branch re-opened as of September 2021. For branch information please check HERE.

Face Masks

All staff, visitors, and services are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.  The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Under the City of Toronto Bylaw 541-2020, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre is required to have a Mask and Face Covering Policy.  Our policy is available HERE.

Space Rentals

Because of the Centre’s reduced hours, any booking that takes place outside of current operating hours (currently 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday) is subject to Out of Hours fees. Space rentals resumed on March 1, 2022 with capacity adjusted to maintain physical distancing limits. To view our spaces and current capacities, please check HERE.

For more information on the Provincial guidelines, visit the Government of Ontario website.

After School Program

To ensure the safety of children and staff in the After School Program, a comprehensive set of procedures has been developed, following the guidance from Toronto Public Health and the Government of Ontario.  The procedures include daily cleaning of all tables and chairs, touch points (light switches, door handles, sink and toilet handles, stair railings), and all toys and equipment, as well as the screening of staff and participants, the use of masks, and pick ups.

Visit the After School Program COVID procedures webpage to read the details on the procedures.

Exchange Loft

The Lewis Pearsall Exchange Loft has been forced to modify its hours and operating procedures, and with a reduction of available computers to four, to allow for appropriate physical distancing.  The Exchange Loft hours are currently 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays. Access to the Exchange Loft is on a first come, first served basis in 45 minute blocks which start at the the half hour. The space is closed for 15 minutes of cleaning between blocks.

Please visit our Exchange Loft COVID procedures webpage for full details on the procedures.