It's been a frustrating 48 hours for Ottawa's bylaw officers. Just days after the city gave them authority to enforce new social distancing rules, they have responded to more than 130 reports of inappropriate behaviour. In just two days, they received calls about a child's birthday party, an open gym, and even a yard sale.

Despite increasingly strict social distancing measures being implemented by the provincial government, it seems some people in Ottawa are still trying to carry on as normal.

Over the course of just two days, the city's bylaw officers have reportedly received 139 complaints about people failing to practice adequate social distancing, including multiple reports of large gatherings.

According to bylaw chief Roger Chapman, some of these reports pertained to gatherings of way more than five people — five being the new social limit dictated by the provincial government.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Jim Watson confirmed that officers had responded to many complaints, including one about a young person's birthday party, with more than 12 children present.

Additionally, Ottawa bylaw employees responded to a yard sale, an open non-essential store, an open fitness centre, and a construction site gathering.

More than 200 people were also reportedly at Britannia this week.

"We just can't have these kinds of gatherings," Watson urged.

This comes just days after Mayor Watson condemned those who continue to host parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“(It's) not only illegal, it's idiotic,” he said on Monday, noting that those who continue to ignore the rules could face fines of up to $100,000.

"We just had our second death in Ottawa (due to COVID-19), and it is completely irresponsible when I get reports back that people are having house parties, or porch parties, that are pouring out onto the street." Watson explained.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took aim at anybody who thinks they're “invincible” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You're not,” he stated, adding, “You're not just putting yourself at risk. You're putting others at risk too.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Ontario had 2,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 194 of these are in Ottawa.

Three people from the capital city have died.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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