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TPS reminds the public to stay safe and avoid large gatherings

Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service is reminding people to continue to respect public health advice, by avoiding large gatherings and socially distancing this holiday weekend.

Staff Superintendent Randy Carter said, “We encourage people to get outside and enjoy the long weekend, and to please do it responsibly. Avoid being in a large group, don’t gather in crowds, keep socially distanced as much as possible and follow public health advice so you and your family stay safe and healthy.”

The Service’s dedicated teams continue to attend complaint calls from the public, attending the scenes and dispersing large parties and laying charges where necessary. Officers from the 16 divisional teams primarily focus on indoor parties and gatherings including those being held in short-term rentals, closed restaurants and bars, and event spaces.

Staff Superintendent Carter added, “In the last week alone, we have responded to hundreds of calls from concerned Torontonians about parties and large gatherings near their homes. We’re calling on people to please respect your neighbours and do your part to keep everyone safe.“

Since the latest emergency order was put in place by the province, the teams have attended 1,460 incidents and laid more than 1,300 charges under the Emergency Management and Civil Protect Act and Reopening Ontario Act, 332 of which were issued in the past week (Friday, May 14 to Thursday, May 20).

In one incident from this week, officers from 33 Division responded to reports of a noisy party in the Bayview Avenue and Finch Avenue East area. There were eight people inside the property and seven were from different addresses. Officers charged all eight under the EMCPA and dispersed them.

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Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications