The mayor wants a crackdown when it comes to gatherings and physical distancing non-compliance. He's asking for help from police and by-law officers. COVID-19 in Toronto has led John Tory to call for more tickets to be issued for people not following the rules.

In a letter to the city's police chief and the executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, Tory asked that enforcement of rules related to COVID-19 be ramped up.

While the mayor commended people who are keeping their distance and doing what they can to fight the virus, he noted that "there are still many people who are not doing what they must do to stay healthy themselves and to protect the health of others."

Tory also mentioned that there have been lots of informational talks, many warnings and some tickets being given out but more needs to be done.

So he asked police and by-law officers to take a harsher stance.

"The time has come for stricter enforcement and more tickets," Tory said.

While he can't actually tell law enforcement how to enforce the law as an elected official, the mayor still wanted to express his strong opinion about cracking down on people not following the rules.

As of April 9, there have been 79 tickets issued in Toronto to people using amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks.

"We are facing a deadly virus – tragically it has already claimed the lives of 77 Toronto residents – and we need people to realize as quickly as possible what they need to do to stay healthy," Tory said in his letter.

The fine for not keeping the appropriate distance from someone else in parks or public spaces in the city is set at $1,000.

Earlier in the month, Tory mentioned that people who don't keep two metres apart in those places could face a fine of up to $5,000.

The mayor said that he believes his request to police and by-law officers is in line with the collective effort to save lives and protect people's health and wellbeing.

Police in Toronto have already broken up gatherings and sports games and have been patrolling parks on the weekends.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is also requesting that police forces across the country help verify that people are following the orders of the Quarantine Act.

Anybody coming into Canada has to isolate themselves for 14 days as part of the act.

People who are caught not doing so could face a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in jail.

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