Dedicated teams will continue enforcement efforts this weekend,
Residents urged to avoid large gatherings
Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
The Toronto Police Service continues to urge people to avoid large gatherings this weekend in respect of the provincial emergency order.
Inspector Matthew Moyer said, “We want people to be able to get outside and enjoy our great city in this warmer weather. However, this must be done safely and not in large crowds or groups, respecting public health advice and our fellow Torontonians.”
The Service’s dedicated enforcement teams will continue to respond to calls from the public for parties and gatherings, charging and dispersing people in attendance. They will also maintain patrols in hot-spot areas where incidents have happened before.
More than 1,407 charges under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Reopening Ontario Act have been laid since the introduction of the latest emergency order. A total of 237 complaint calls were responded to in the past week (Friday, May 21 to Thursday, May 27) where seven criminal charges were also laid.
Inspector Moyer added, “While groups of five are permitted to meet outside, we’re aware of events planned this weekend which are not permitted. Our priority is always public safety and police will be attending these events to disrupt, disperse and lay charges when warranted. "
Regarding demonstrations, the Toronto Police Service reminds the public that the Service is responsible for public safety. This includes fully managing traffic flow during demonstrations in order to keep everyone safe and ensure that emergency vehicles, including police, fire and ambulance, always have clear access routes. For their own safety and in respect of the law, citizens are not permitted to direct or stop traffic for any reason. Please defer to police and request assistance from attending officers if there is an evident risk.
Anyone who ignores an officer’s direction or obstructs an officer could be criminally charged.
The Provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect across Ontario. For more information about the restrictions in Toronto please visit here.
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Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications