Toronto police lay 400 charges against people attending gatherings this week

Toronto police lay 400 charges against people attending gatherings this week

Meredith Bond
Originally Published on CityNews

Toronto police have laid over 400 charges against people attending gatherings in the last week, bringing the total number of charges laid to over 1,000 since the dedicated enforcement teams were formed April 22.

In the last three weeks, the 16 teams in different divisions have attended over 1,000 indoor and outdoor gatherings despite provincial restrictions preventing gatherings with anyone outside of your household.

Many of gatherings have been at condos and short-term rentals as well as bars and restaurants that are supposed to be closed.

One of the gatherings police attended this week was a large party at a business near Dundas and Beverly Streets. A total of 24 charges were laid and $13,000 in alcohol was seized. Police said there were around 150 people were inside the commercial building partying without masks on.

Staff Supt. Randy Carter said the teams are responding to more than 300 calls a week, “a stark number which sadly doesn’t seem to be dropping despite repeated calls for people not to socialize.”

Carter is urging people not to gather despite the warm weather anticipated this weekend. You can be fined $750 under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) if found to be in violation of the provincial stay-at-home order.

The order was extended Thursday until June 2 as COVID-19 case counts start to slowly drop from their record highs during the third wave of the pandemic.

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