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TPS’ Dedicated Enforcement Teams Lay 230 Charges In First Week,
Public reminded not to gather over the weekend

Broadcast time: 11:20
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service's dedicated enforcement teams have laid 230 Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) charges in the first week of operation.

The Service's focus has been mostly on large indoor events being held at short-term rentals, and in closed bars and restaurants. This enforcement approach is informed by public health advice that indoor settings present an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Inspector Matt Moyer said, “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."

Officers from the 16 teams have attended 315 incidents since April 22, 2021, including 105 calls for gatherings since Monday of this week. While Toronto’s downtown area continues to generate the most calls, the Service is responding to reports across the city.

Inspector Moyer continued, "As we head in to 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. Please work with us to keep the city safe. Don't attend parties or large gatherings. Stay home and stay safe."

Please see our previous news release from April 21, 2021 for more information on our current enforcement approach.

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