Signs and tape at closed Toronto parks being torn down

Mar 30 2020, 7:23 am

Some signs and tapes indicating that Toronto’s city parks amenities are closed have allegedly been torn down.

On March 25, the City of Toronto closed all city-owned parks and playgrounds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting up signs and tape to indicate the green spaces are closed. 

Apparently, some individuals have been disregarding the city’s rules.

According to the city, staff have seen “troubling examples of people disregarding public health recommendations.”

One example included barriers to closed city park equipment and facilities being removed.

Another was of individuals being regularly seen in groups not physically distancing in city green spaces.

Mayor John Tory continues to ask residents not to use the playgrounds and respect the signs.

“It will contribute to saving lives and will have this whole nightmare over a lot sooner,” he said in a video shared on social media.

“Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of #COVID19. Your actions will help #FlattenTheCurve and contribute to saving lives & will help bring this to an end as soon as possible.”

Chief Communications Officer, Brad Ross, also addressed the issue on Sunday, calling for people to “do the right thing.”

“Tearing down CLOSED signs at parks? Ripping caution TAPE off playgrounds? C’mom Toronto! We have a DUTY to protect others from #COVID19. We can stop this thing. Stay home, practice physical distancing, and do the right thing. Do it for someone you love, if not yourself.

As of March 29, there are 540 cases with 39 hospitalized and 18 in ICU. There have been four deaths with 24 cases recovered.

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