Hundreds of complaints made over COVID-19 rule violations since start of lockdown result in dozens of charges
|Toronto Star 13 Apr 2021 at 18:53|
A total of 1,628 complaints have been made to city officials about lockdown rules being broken since the – resulting in 59 charges being laid.
Most complaints were about provincial orders on the size of gatherings with 648 being made from the beginning of the shutdown to April 12. An additional 191 complaints were also made about large gatherings in parks but no charges were laid.
Six charges were laid regarding business operations while 391 complaints were made.
There were 27 complaints made about physical distancing in parks and public squares with one charge laid.
Additionally, 86 notices have been issued since the beginning of shutdown with 45 of them involving restaurants, bars and food stores. Notices are issued separately from charges.
Included in April’s data are complaints received by the city’s municipal licensing and standards and Toronto Public Health. Enforcement data also includes action taken by police for business operations, physical distancing in parks and public squares, and gatherings – including in parks.
Following the previous stay-at-home order on Jan.14, Toronto officials gave out 75 charges in one weekend . Just over a week after the mandate came into effect, officials had laid . At least 50 of them resulted from illegal gatherings.