This is how many people were actually charged for defying stay-at-home orders in Toronto
Even though police in Ontario didn't end up maintaining their short-lived powers to pull people over and check if they were abiding by the provincewide stay-at-home order, local authorities still managed to bust thousands of residents for defying the directive to avoid unnecessary travel and stay home for all but essential trips.
In Toronto specifically, police issued approximately 1,500 tickets for violating the emergency order, which was issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Reopening Ontario Act (EMPCA) on April 8 and just expired on June 2.
Should have been doing this last year. Might have slowed the spread of the virus.— Gary Brian (@GarySlippoy) April 30, 2021
Over the course of six weeks, new teams designated to enforce COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were called to 1,845 incidents of potential noncompliance with the order, and issued 1,459 charges per the EMPCA, along with another 67 unrelated charges pertaining to things such as firearms and assaults — including one instance of biting a cop.
The City had said last month that it would be first and foremost targeting large illicit indoor gatherings in private residences and businesses rather than focusing enforcement on people drinking and socializing in parks.
"Although the stay-at-home order has lifted, restrictions under the EMCPA and ROA (Reopening Ontario Act) remain in place including a limit of five people gathered outside, no indoor gatherings and the closure of restaurants and bars except for take-out orders," the briefing states.
"Officers, where appropriate, will continue to enforce the restrictions in place and respond to large gathering calls. Anyone thinking of attending an event or meeting up in large groups, it is not worth it. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk but you could also face a fine of $750."
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