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Toronto police 'dedicated enforcement teams' give out 230 charges during first week of their watch

Last Updated Apr 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm EDT

A mounted police officer on duty is seen at a trail in Toronto, Canada, April 4, 2020. Providing public education and enforcing physical distancing measures, the Toronto Police Service took part in an enforcement blitz on Saturday in busy parks and areas to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng via Getty Images)

The Toronto police “dedicated enforcement teams” have had a busy first week breaking up big parties across the city.

This has led to 230 charges being laid since the 16 divisional teams rolled out on Thursday, April 22.

The teams are focused solely on people ignoring the province’s gathering limits, and have responded to 315 locations including 105 calls for gatherings.

Most gatherings have been in downtown Toronto, most of them being large, indoor events held at short-term rentals or closed bars and restaurants.

Inspector Matt Moyer warns residents that police officers will be at any gathering that goes against the stay-at-home order, and urges people to follow the COVID-19 rules.

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The stay-at-home order prohibits any indoor or outdoor gathering with anyone you do not live with, except one other person from outside of the household that lives alone.

If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

People must stay at least two metres apart from others and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events such as a wedding, funeral or religious service.

Organizers of prohibited gatherings could be fined a minimum of $10,000, while each attendee could receive a $750 ticket.

The province has stated a police officer can ask people to provide information to ensure they are complying with COVID-19 restrictions, only if the officer has any reason to suspect someone is participating in an organized public event or social gathering.

This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the stay-at-home order.

The gathering limit for religious, wedding and funeral services is 10 people (indoors and outdoors).

Receptions are not permitted indoors or outdoors, except with members of the same household or with one other person from outside of the household who lives alone.

Drive-in services are permitted.

Ontario’s latest stay-at-home order was enforced on April 8 and will be in place for at least six weeks until May 20.

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