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New "dedicated enforcement teams" are launching in all 16 Toronto Police Service divisions at 5 p.m. on Thursday in order to crack down on large gatherings in the city.

"Our divisional teams will focus on large gatherings that fail to comply with the emergency orders, with a particular focus on indoor gatherings such as parties at short-term rentals or at bars and restaurants,” said TPS Staff Superintendent Randy Carter in a press release announcing the change on Wednesday.

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Just days after details about Ontario’s latest stay-at-home order were announced, the provincial government is walking back some of its restrictions.

By Sunday, April 18, the government had revealed it would be reversing some aspects of the restrictions on outdoor spaces and altering the newly announced policing powers.

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With Ontario's stay-at-home order, police enforcement of COVID-19 rules was announced as a new part of the restrictions and Jagmeet Singh has called it out.

He shared his thoughts on Twitter and Instagram, saying that "more powers for police won't stop this virus. Vaccines and paid sick leave will."

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On Friday, April 16, Premier Doug Ford announced the extension of Ontario's stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks, along with new measures to curb rising COVID-19 cases.

These new measures include the restriction of interprovincial travel in or out of Quebec and Manitoba, rules prohibiting the gathering of more than one household outdoors, limited capacities in big-box stores, increased enforcement and more.

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Ontario officers will now be doubling down on their enforcement of the provincial stay-at-home orders.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that his government would be granting police and by-law officers additional authorities to enforce COVID-19 restrictions.

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