COVID-19 enforcement teams lay over 1,500 charges during six-week initiative in Toronto

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The COVID-19 Enforcement Teams laid over 1,500 charges over a period of six weeks in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus in the city.

The Toronto Police said Thursday that the dedicated COVID-19 Enforcement Teams laid the charges as part of its effort to disperse large gatherings to limit the spread of the virus in Toronto.

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,” Ramer added.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Police said 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.

Ramer said “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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