The long weekend brought out the wilder side of Torontonians, apparently. The city announced today that it gave out over 500 warnings to residents who were participating in parties, bonfires, and gatherings. Toronto parties have been an issue for government officials at both the municipal and provincial levels.

The announcement came today in the form of a news release from the city.

"Bylaw officers, Toronto Police and Toronto Fire had a highly visible presence at beaches, including Cherry Beach and the Toronto Island Park [..] to help prevent and quickly address crowding, bonfires and other prohibited activities," the release reads.

"Officers cautioned more than 500 people over the weekend about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws."

Twenty-two tickets were issued, which were "related to amplified sound including DJ equipment and speakers, large quantities of open liquor and open fires."

The release details an “unauthorized public event” that took place on the Islands and an illegal beach party that occurred in the early morning hours.

As for bars and restaurants, only five establishments were found to be non-compliant with COVID-19 health and safety protocols and enforcement action was taken with all of them.

Toronto Public Health maintains that all Torontonians wash their hands frequently, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask while in public spaces. 

Gatherings at beaches have been a struggle for the city since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Parties on Cherry and Woodbine Beaches especially have been challenging local authorities. The city responded by restricting weekend parking at these locations.

The release also states that 65% of COVID-19 cases in the past four weeks have been in individuals under 40. 

"All residents, regardless of age, must adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, practise physical distancing, stay within social bubbles of no more than 10 people, and wear a mask," it reads.

 

Premier Doug Ford took aim at young partiers in his recent media briefings, telling them to cancel their parties or he would do it himself.

He has even gone as far as to encourage residents to snitch on their neighbour's parties.

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