Toronto Will Fine You $5,000 If You Don’t Social Distance

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City of Toronto

Mayor Tory has signed an emergency orderregulating physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares. This emergency action is in effect for at least the next 30 days and is enacted to further drive home the message that people have to keep their distance from each other to avoid spreading COVID-19 in our city and to save lives.

Toronto residents are asked to stay home and go out only when absolutely necessary.

WHO WILL BE FINED

  • Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, will be subject to prosecution and will be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction.

COVID-19 Enforcement Team

A COVID-19 Enforcement Team of 200 Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers, 10 Toronto Public Health Bylaw Officers, plus the resources of the Toronto Police Service will enforce the new physical distancing bylaw, provincial orders banning organized social gatherings of more than five people, bans on using closed playgrounds and other parks amenities, and the closure orders on non-essential businesses that remain open.

The enforcement team will be responding to complaints and proactively patrolling parks and other public spaces, all in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to limit social interactions.

Fines for violating a provincial order under the Emergency Measures Act can range from $750 to $100,000, including up to one year in jail, for social gatherings exceeding five persons, using parks amenities which have been closed, opening non-essential businesses, and failing to identify oneself to a police officeror a provincial offences officer (bylaw officer) investigating a matter under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act.

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