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Toronto, Apr 19 (Canadian-Media): The City of Toronto said the Coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team, formed in response to COVID-19, is out all weekend monitoring people across the city to assure that public health direction and provincial orders are being followed, media reports said.
Enforcement Team comprises of staff from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Building, and Toronto Police Service.
19 tickets were issued by bylaw and police officers yesterday, bringing the total to 338 since April 3, after the City received 440 complaints that people were using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks.
The City also received 30 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 41 tickets and 117 notices to non-essential businesses have already been issued by Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health since March 24.
With the weather improving, the enforcement team continues to see troubling behaviour as people become frustrated with restrictions have started to to build fire pits at Bluffers Park and gatherings were observed at the boat launch in King’s Mill Park.
Signage and barriers are still being removed by people at many locations as well as formation of long lines without proper social distancing continue outside businesses. Most disturbing, an enforcement officer was assaulted in a park yesterday while performing his duties. An arrest has been made.
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