Toronto authorities crack down on illegal beach parties, restrict parking due to COVID-19

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Authorities are enacting tougher parking rules at three Toronto beaches after a number of night evenings were interrupted over the weekend in an effort to enforce COVID-19 physical distance restrictions.The city says parking on three popular beaches – Marie Curtis Park, Humber Bay West Park and Cherry Beach – will be restricted after 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Agents will be present at all entrances to the car parks, depending on the city, adding that vehicles leaving the beach car parks after 7 p.m. will be able to do so freely.

The city also noted a “significant increase” in the number of beach gatherings where people do not observe restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

“Over the past weekends, the city of Toronto has seen a significant increase in the number of people on Toronto beaches late in the evening who do not exercise physical distance,” the city said in a statement released Thursday.

The revelers allegedly brought in DJ equipment, lit bonfires and participated in excessive alcohol consumption while leaving lots of trash.

Toronto police said it was the scene at Marie Curtis Park over the past weekends. (22 Division Toronto Police Service / Facebook)

In addition to the increase in the number of municipal officers patrolling the beaches, the city says that Toronto police will also increase their presence to suppress illegal gatherings.

“COVID-19 continues to circulate in Toronto and although stage 2 of the reopening has given residents more exit options, there is a public health risk of spreading the virus to others”, the statement said. .

Const. Alex Lee told CBC Toronto on Thursday that most of the complaints received by the police were about overcrowding.

“People who don’t follow social distancing rules and laws,” he said, adding that police issue tickets for bonfires, noisy parties, DJs, crowds and bonfires. ‘artifice.

“It comes to a point where education is sometimes not heard or understood, and then we take an application approach. “

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