The Latest Updates on accessing East Scarborough Storefront


Here’s what you need to know about visiting The Storefront as of March 21, 2022

Most Provincial and Municipal mandated COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted as of March 21, 2022. However, organizations and businesses are still able to keep safety measures in place if they choose and The Storefront has decided to maintain our existing internal reopening procedures. The following key safety measures are still in effect at East Scarborough Storefront until further notice:

  • Visits to the building are limited to 30 minutes
  • A capacity limit of 6 community members inside the building at a time
  • Mask/Face covering and standard COVID-19 health screening is required to enter the building
  • Scroll down to “Re-opening Monday February 14 2022” for a full list of additional safety measures remaining in place at The Storefront

We are hopeful that the situation in the coming weeks continues to improve so that we are also able to advance in our reopening process. We will provide further updates when those changes occur.

General guidance for Toronto residents on current requirements and restrictions is available here: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents


Re-opening Monday, February 14, 2022

East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.) will be re-opening our building in a limited way starting Monday, February 14th, 2022. We are excited to welcome you back into our community space!

Here’s what you need to know before you visit:

Opening hours:

We will be open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The first hour of the day (10-11 AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs.

What can I do at the building starting Feb 14th?

  • Use the computers
  • Do your printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing
  • Speak to a Community Resource Specialist about community supports and resources
  • Use the washroom
  • Get a drink of water

What measures are in place at the building to keep me and everyone else safe?

  • Visits to the building are being limited to 30 minutes.
  • A maximum of 6 community members at a time can be inside the building.
  • You and everyone else inside the building must wear a face covering. In keeping with the latest health and safety measures we will provide a new disposable mask to you upon arrival. Please wear this mask the entire time you are inside the Storefront building. If you prefer to wear this new mask over top of one you are wearing when you arrive, you can do so.  If you are wearing an N95 or KN95 mask you can continue to wear that mask.  
  • Before you go inside, we will ask you health screening questions. If your answers suggest that you might need to get tested for COVID19 or that you have been required to quarantine, you will not be able to enter the building.
  • You will need to sanitize your hands immediately before entering the building: there is a touchless sanitizer dispenser for you to use.
  • We will be frequently sanitizing all surfaces that people touch, including door handles, washrooms, computer workstations, photocopier, fax machine. If it gets touched, it gets wiped!
  • We will ask you to sign in when you enter the building with your name and contact information, and sign out before you leave. (We will keep this information private and only use it as necessary for your health and safety in contact tracing efforts.)
  • We may ask you to leave the building if you appear to be experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of COVID19. (If this happens, we recommend that you return home right away and contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) to find out if you need to go get tested).

We look forward to seeing you soon! And remember, you can still connect with us by phone, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM: Call 416-208-9889 to speak to a Community Resource Specialist any weekday. We are fully closed Saturday and Sunday.


Previous updates:

The Storefront building is closed until further notice (December 20, 2021)

The health and safety of our community and staff members continues to remain our top priority. Due to rising COVID19 cases and updated public health guidance. The Storefront building (4040 Lawrence Ave. E) will be closed as of Monday, December 20, 2021 until further notice.
 
The Storefront staff are still here for you remotely! We are answering the phone lines and email: call (416) 208-9889 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday to speak to a Community Resource Specialist (with the exception of statutory holidays December 27, December 28, and January 3).

For Storefront’s latest updates related to our building closure and other key community information, follow us on social media @StorefrontKGO, subscribe to Our KGO Updates newsletter, and watch this blog space.

Stay safe and stay in touch, East Scarborough. The Storefront is still here for you!


Now open 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday to Thursday

Please note that as of August 2021, we are open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is expanded from our July hours of 10AM to 2 PM.

The first hour of the day (10-11 AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs. Please note: All visits to the building will be limited to 30 minutes.

Please see the original July reopening notice below for everything else you need to know about our reopening and guidelines and protocols currently in place.


Re-opening Monday, July 5th, 2021

East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.) will be re-opening our building in a limited way starting Monday, July 5th, 2021. We are excited to welcome you back into our community space! Full details below, or please check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for simple, shareable posts about the re-opening.

Here’s what you need to know before you visit:

Opening hours:

We will be open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The first hour of the day (10-11 AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs.

Please note: All visits to the building will be limited to 30 minutes

What can I do at the building starting July 5th?

  • Use the computers
  • Do your printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing
  • Speak to a Community Resource Specialist about community supports and resources
  • Use the washroom
  • Get a drink of water

What measures are in place at the building to keep me and everyone else safe?

  • Visits to the building are being limited to 30 minutes
  • A maximum of 6 community members at a time can be inside the building.
  • You and everyone else inside the building must wear a face covering. If you don’t have one, we will give you one.
  • Before you go inside, we will ask you health screening questions. If your answers suggest that you might need to get tested for COVID19, you will not be able to enter the building.
  • You will need to sanitize your hands immediately before entering the building: there is a touchless sanitizer dispenser for you to use.
  • We will be frequently sanitizing all surfaces that people touch, including door handles, washrooms, computer workstations, photocopier, fax machine. If it gets touched, it gets wiped!
  • We will ask you to sign in when you enter the building with your name and contact information, and sign out before you leave. (We will keep this information private and only use it as necessary for your health and safety in contact tracing efforts.)
  • We may ask you to leave the building if you appear to be experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of COVID19. (If this happens, we recommend that you return home right away and contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) to find out if you need to go get tested).

We look forward to seeing you soon! And remember, you can still connect with us by phone, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM: Call 416-208-9889 to speak to a Community Resource Specialist any weekday. We are fully closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Storefront Building is closed until further notice

April 1, 2021:

Starting Saturday, April 2nd, Ontario will be implementing a province-wide emergency brake for at least 28 days. As per COVID-19 public health restrictions, The Storefront building at 4040 Lawrence Ave. East will remain closed until further notice. We will update the community on possible re-open dates according to the latest public health information.

The Storefront staff are still available for you remotely: except for Friday April 2 and Monday April 5, staff are available Monday to Friday both by phone and email. To reach us, call 416-208-9889 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. A Community Resource Specialist will be happy to assist you.

If you are looking to speak to a specific staff, please see our Staff Directory for direct emails and phone numbers.

For regular updates from The Storefront and to learn about resources for those living in the East Scarborough community, sign up for the community newsletter KGO Updates (subscribe here), or click on the social icons below to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Re-opening Wednesday, March 17, 2021

East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.) will be re-opening our building in a limited way starting Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. We are excited to welcome you back into our community space! Full details below, or please check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for simple, shareable posts about the re-opening.

Here’s what you need to know before you visit:

Opening hours:

We will be open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The first hour of the day (10-11 AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs.

Please note: All visits to the building will be limited to 30 minutes

What can I do at the building starting March 17th?

  • Use the computers
  • Do your printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing
  • Speak to a Community Resource Specialist about community supports and resources
  • Use the washroom
  • Get a drink of water

What measures are in place at the building to keep me and everyone else safe?

  • Visits to the building are being limited to 30 minutes
  • A maximum of 6 community members at a time can be inside the building.
  • You and everyone else inside the building must wear a face covering. If you don’t have one, we will give you one.
  • Before you go inside, we will ask you health screening questions. If your answers suggest that you might need to get tested for COVID19, you will not be able to enter the building.
  • You will need to sanitize your hands immediately before entering the building: there is a touchless sanitizer dispenser for you to use.
  • We will be frequently sanitizing all surfaces that people touch, including door handles, washrooms, computer workstations, photocopier, fax machine. If it gets touched, it gets wiped!
  • We will ask you to sign in when you enter the building with your name and contact information, and sign out before you leave. (We will keep this information private and only use it as necessary for your health and safety in contact tracing efforts.)
  • We may ask you to leave the building if you appear to be experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of COVID19. (If this happens, we recommend that you return home right away and contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) to find out if you need to go get tested).

We look forward to seeing you soon! And remember, you can still connect with us by phone, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM: Call 416-208-9889 to speak to a Community Resource Specialist any weekday. We are fully closed Saturday and Sunday.

December 21, 2020:
Update: The Storefront’s temporary building closure extended until further notice

Starting Saturday, December 26th, Ontario will be entering a province-wide lockdown for at least 28 days. As per COVID-19 public health restrictions, The Storefront building at 4040 Lawrence Ave. East will remain closed until further notice. We will update the community on possible re-open dates according to the latest public health information.

The Storefront staff are still here for you remotely: staff are available Monday to Friday both by phone and email . To reach us, call 416-208-9889 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and a Community Resource Specialist will be happy to assist you (with the exception of statutory holidays December 25, 28, and 31). If you are looking to speak to a specific staff, please see our Staff Directory for direct emails and phone numbers.

For regular updates from The Storefront and to learn about resources for those living in the East Scarborough community, sign up for the community newsletter KGO Updates (subscribe here). 

For Storefront’s latest updates (and shareable posts about our temporary closure), follow us on social media @StorefrontKGO: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Bookmark and visit this page for any updates related to this closure.


November 21, 2020:
Notice: The Storefront building is closing temporarily

As of Monday November 23, The Storefront building at 4040 Lawrence Avenue East is closed until at least January 4, 2021, due to the latest COVID19 public health restrictions.

Storefront staff are still here for you remotely to keep you up-to-date and connected to the resources you need. We are answering the phones: call (416) 208-9889 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday to speak to a Community Resource Specialist. See also our Staff Directory to connect with a specific staff member by email or reach out to us at info@thestorefront.org.

To stay in the loop with key local information and resources as our East Scarborough community navigates this next phase of the pandemic, sign up for the community e-newsletter KGO Updates (subscribe here). 

For Storefront’s latest updates (and shareable posts about our temporary closure), follow us on social media @StorefrontKGO: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Bookmark and visit this page for any updates related to this closure.

For details on the latest lockdown restrictions for Toronto, see the Government of Ontario update and City of Toronto’s update. For COVID19 information, see Toronto Public Health.

We will get through this as a connected community, East Scarborough. Stay safe and stay in touch. The Storefront is still here for you!


Update, September 14, 2020: As of August 31, 2020, East Scarborough Storefront is now in Stage 2 of Re-Opening. The Storefront hours have been expanded to Monday to Thursday, 10am-3pm (computer access until 2:30pm).

Community partners will now be providing one on one services by appointment only. You can book appointments by calling 416-208-9889. Settlement Assistance & Family Support Service is available every Wednesday from 10am-12:30pm, starting September 2nd. Connecting Women with Scarborough Services will be available every Tuesdays, starting September 29th. We will continue to update the list of partners coming to The Storefront, stay tuned on our social media channels.

Please read our July 6 update below for more information about what you can do in our building and measures we have in place to keep everyone safe.


July 6, 2020: The East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.) is starting to safely re-open our building to the community! We will be open in a limited way starting Monday, July 6th. We are excited to welcome you back into our community space. Full details below, or please check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for simple, shareable posts about the re-opening.

Here’s what you need to know before you visit:

Opening hours:

We will be open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The first hour of the day (10-11 AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs.

What can I do at the building starting July 6th?

  • Use the computers (limited to one 20-minute session per visit)
  • Do your printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing
  • Speak to a Community Resource Specialist about community supports and resources
  • Use the washroom
  • Get a drink of water

What new measures are in place at the building to keep me and everyone else safe?

  • A maximum of 6 community members at a time can be inside the building.
  • You and everyone else inside the building must wear a face covering. If you don’t have one, we will give you one.
  • Before you go inside, we will ask you health screening questions. If your answers suggest that you might need to get tested for COVID19, you will not be able to enter the building.
  • You will need to sanitize your hands immediately before entering the building: there is a touchless sanitizer dispenser for you to use.
  • We will be frequently sanitizing all surfaces that people touch, including door handles, washrooms, computer workstations, photocopier, fax machine. If it gets touched, it gets wiped!
  • We will ask you to sign in when you enter the building with your name and contact information, and sign out before you leave. (We will keep this information private and only use it as necessary for your health and safety in contact tracing efforts.)
  • We may ask you to leave the building if you appear to be experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of COVID19. (If this happens, we recommend that you return home right away and contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) to find out if you need to go get tested).

We look forward to seeing you soon! And remember, you can still connect with us by phone, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM: Call 416-208-9889 to speak to a Community Resource Specialist any day of the week.

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