Despite statements issued by public health officials, the Mayor of Toronto, the Premier of Ontario and the Prime Minister of Canada, some residents cannot resist experiencing the beautiful spring weather in Toronto.
According to federal law issued by Canada’s government, venturing outdoors is permitted for individuals who have not tested positive for COVID-19, and for those who have not recently returned to Canada from abroad. Activities such as walking, jogging, purchasing groceries or food are permitted – however, gathering in public places such as parks or beaches (which were ordered closed earlier this month), or being within 2 meters of another person are NOT permitted.
Toronto mayor John Tory, in response to multiple reports of non-compliance of social distancing laws, has asked law enforcement officers in the city to start issuing tickets to residents who are found violating the law. Those who do not comply with the law will be slapped with a $750 ticket.
Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards department has received more than 385 complaints on residents who do not follow the social distancing laws since March 24. With the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the city, Mayor Tory has said that city may have to consider more restrictive orders, including shelter-in-place (like the ones in effect in many cities across the border in the U.S.A).
You can report people who violate social distancing laws by calling 311. Read more here.