Mayor Tory cancels Toronto’s COVID curfew

People crowd outside at a restaurant as restrictions on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are relaxed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, April 4, 2021.

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Toronto mayor will not follow the lead of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who called for an 8 p.m. curfew in city parks to fight illegal gatherings

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Toronto residents will not have to face a curfew on top of the city’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor John Tory said on Wednesday he had no intention of following the lead of his Ottawa counterpart, Mayor Jim Watson, who on Tuesday called for an 8 p.m. curfew in the parks of the town after reports of large rallies over the weekend.

“The answer to that question is no,” Tory said when asked the question during the city’s regular COVID-19 press briefing.

“While some parks have been used well, we haven’t identified anything that led us to conclude that this would be the best response to deal with it anyway.”

In an interview on CBC, Watson said he was angry after learning that a big party in a city park over the weekend left piles of trash and broken beer bottles in its wake.

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Tory, meanwhile, added that the city planned to draw large circles on the grass in large parks – starting with Trinity-Bellwoods – as visual cues to maintain social distancing.

Curfews have not been well received in Canadian cities.

Montrealers revolted, started fires and looted stores on Sunday after the Quebec government tightened curfew rules in response to the increase in the number of cases. Residents who leave their homes without cause between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. are liable to heavy fines.

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