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Toronto Police Dedicated Enforcement Teams lay over 1,500 charges during six-week initiative,
Service urges continued compliance with remaining restrictions

Broadcast time: 13:45
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service’s dedicated COVID-19 Enforcement Teams laid over 1,500 charges as part of its effort to disperse large gatherings to limit the spread of the virus in Toronto.

The six-week initiative officially concluded on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, with the expiration of the Government of Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order.

Each of the division-based teams supported the extended emergency measures by responding to large gatherings in both indoor and outdoor settings with a particular focus on parties at short-term rentals as well as bars and restaurants.

Chief of Police James Ramer said, “More than 1,500 charges have been laid by our teams, who have played a crucial role in supporting the province and Public Health by protecting the public from the further spread of COVID-19.

“Our officers responded to gatherings, parties and events on a daily basis, all driven by concerned members of the public. We want to say thank you to everyone who called – you helped us keep our city safe.”

The initiative generated the following total results since April 22:

Calls attended by enforcement teams: 1,845
Charges laid under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Reopening Ontario Act: 1,459
Criminal charges laid including assault and firearms offences: 67

Enforcement will continue

Although the Stay-at-Home order has lifted, restrictions under the EMCPA and ROA remain in place including a limit of five people gathered outside, no indoor gatherings and the closure of restaurants and bars except for take-out orders.

Chief Ramer added, “Officers, where appropriate, will continue to enforce the restrictions in place and respond to large gathering calls. Anyone thinking of attending an event or meeting up in large groups, it is not worth it. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk but you could also face a fine of $750.”

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Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications