Toronto police hand out 230 charges for lockdown violations in one week

Toronto police hand out 230 charges for lockdown violations in one week
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Police launched the new dedicated enforcement teams on April 22, six days after the provincial government put additional lockdown restrictions into place along with a two-week extension of the stay-at-home order.

Since then, officers have attended 315 incidents, resulting in a total of 230 charges.

That total includes 105 calls for gatherings just since Monday. A call to a noisy party in the Eglinton Avenue West and Bermondsey Road area early Monday resulted in four people being charged. Four separate large gatherings in the Front and Bathurst Streets area on Thursday night resulted in 11 charges being laid, according to police.

Both incidents were at private residences, according to police.

The service says the teams’ focus has been mostly on large indoor events being held at “short-term rentals,” and in closed bars and restaurants.

“The pandemic presents both public health and public safety risks. 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,” inspector Matt Moyer said in a release .

Downtown has generated the highest amount of calls, but police say they have been responding to reports across the city.

“As we head into the weekend, we are discouraging anyone who is thinking of attending or hosting a gathering, and reminding them that, if they do, they may very well expect the police in attendance as well,” Moyer said.
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