Toronto police filed hundreds of charges related to COVID-19 emergency orders over the weekend – fr

Toronto police filed hundreds of charges related to COVID-19 emergency orders over the weekend – fr

TORONTO – Toronto police laid more than 220 charges over the weekend under the province’s emergency orders.

Toronto Acting Police Chief James Ramer said in a tweet Monday evening that 221 charges were laid by police between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening.

Charges laid under the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act (EMCPA) over the weekend are almost as many as the 231 charges laid by Toronto police between Monday and Friday last week, the first week when dedicated law enforcement teams were operating.

“Our enforcement efforts continue,” Ramer said in a tweet linked to Friday’s update. “Since this update, over the weekend, Toronto police have laid 221 additional charges, including Criminal Code charges, for breach of emergency orders. Please stay home and stay safe.

Ontario’s home support order has been in effect April 8 and is expected to continue until May 19 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 as a third wave threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system. health.

Toronto Police have established 16 dedicated teams to enforce stay-at-home rules, which include a ban on meeting with people outside the home, except those who live alone , who are allowed to reunite with another household.

Toronto Police said they mainly focus on large indoor events held in short-term rentals and closed bars and restaurants.

Police broke up large gatherings on a daily basis last week and issued a statement on Friday urging people not to gather.

Toronto police have said previously that they will not stop random individuals or cars to ask them why they are away and that people are not required to explain why they are out of their homes.

However, officers can enter a property if they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe there is a breach of the rules, such as complaints about a big party.

Those who attend illegal gatherings can face fines of $ 750, while organizers can face fines of $ 10,000.


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