Toronto police laid 221 charges over the weekend after catching people breaking COVID-19 public health restrictions to party.
The force has now laid nearly 500 charges since beginning its dedicated COVID-19 enforcement last week.
Most of the charges stemmed from forbidden indoor parties at short-term rentals and restaurants that are supposed to be closed during the Stay-at-Home order, Toronto police said in a news release.
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“The pandemic presents both public health and public safety risks,” Inspector Matt Moyer said. “We have an enforcement team in every Division across the city and officers are dispersing large gatherings daily and laying charges against those who are ignoring the emergency order.”
Gatherings with anyone outside one’s household, even outdoors, are currently prohibited under Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order.
Chief James Ramer asked Torontonians to continue staying home and staying safe.
Our enforcement efforts continue. Since this update, over the weekend, @TorontoPolice have laid an additional 221 charges, including criminal code charges, in relation to non-compliance with emergency orders. Please continue to stay home and stay safe. https://t.co/djOssR0Bkv
— Chief James Ramer (@jamesramertps) May 3, 2021