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Canada Crowded park in Toronto sparks condemnation, officers will ensure distancing

17:46  24 may  2020
17:46  24 may  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Physical distancing rules appeared to have been ignored at some of Toronto 's parks and beaches Toronto officials expressed their disappointment Saturday after large crowds gathered at a downtown Toronto Park to enjoy the summer-like weather appeared to have ignored physical distancing rules.

Toronto ’s police chief says officers will be patrolling city parks this weekend, handing out 0 tickets for those not complying with physical distancing

a group of people sitting at a park: The City of Toronto has deployed more enforcement officers to Trinity Bellwoods Park after complaints of groups not following physical distancing rules. © Provided by CBC Toronto - LocalNewsRSS The City of Toronto has deployed more enforcement officers to Trinity Bellwoods Park after complaints of groups not following physical distancing rules.

Many Canadians have been taking advantage of warmer weather to venture outside after spending weeks in lockdown because of COVID-19, but the easing of restrictions has sparked a backlash in Toronto.

A statement from the city said thousands of people packed Trinity Bellwoods Park in the downtown area on Saturday and some were flouting physical distancing regulations.

The city called the crowds "unacceptable" and that they threatened to undo the work done over the last 10 weeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mayor John Tory said bylaw officers and police would be out in force Sunday to ensure the rules on distancing are followed. 

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In New York City and Washington, DC, people who'd been cooped up for weeks flocked to parks and open spaces on Saturday despite stay-at-home orders. Many of them appeared to be observing social distancing rules to combat Covid-19.

TORONTO -- Toronto officials expressed their disappointment Saturday after large crowds gathered at a downtown Toronto Park to enjoy the summer-like weather appeared to have ignored physical distancing rules. Thousands of people packed Trinity Bellwoods Park

The city has made it illegal to come within two metres of someone from a different household in parks and public squares. Those who break the bylaw could be handed a $1,000 ticket on the spot, though officers can also issue higher tickets -- subject to the court system -- in which fines go up to $5,000 on conviction.

Toronto began reopening park amenities on May 20 for the first time in more than two months. At the same time, people are now being allowed to shop inside stores with street entrances.

The city's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, condemned the "selfish and dangerous behaviour" of people flocking to parks.

She noted the city has seen an uptick in cases of COVID-19, reporting 258 new cases on Friday alone.

"I think people need to at some point go on with their lives. We just have to find a way to do it in a safe fashion," said Dr. David Carr, an emergency physician with the University Health Network in Toronto.

Ontario's rolling five-day average of new COVID-19 cases has been trending steadily upward since May 12.

Carr said Ontario started reporting more than 400 new cases in one day, after dipping below 300, about 10 to 12 days after Mother's Day.

For Muslims across Canada, Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan and a month of fasting during daylight hours, began Saturday at sunset. Physical distancing and social gathering restrictions mean the some of the usual events have been cancelled or modified.

Chair of the Manitoba Islamic Association Idris Elbakri said the three-day festival of feasting and praying together will be "very different" for at least 25,000 Muslims living across the province who are breaking the fast.

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Elbakri is encouraging people to join the Winnipeg Grand Mosque's live streaming of Sunday's sermon on the Islamic group's Facebook and YouTube channels.

Upcoming summer powwows across Canada are being cancelled or forced to go online due to restrictions on public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this worries Josee Bourgeois, an Algonquin dancer from Pikwakanagan First Nation outside of Ottawa.

She says many people in First Nations communities use powwows to kick off their summer and that being outside and reuniting with friends and family is good for their mental health.

As of 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 83,621 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 43,318 of those considered resolved or recovered.

A CBC News tally of deaths attributed to coronavirus based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC's journalism stood at 6,447.

Federal public health officials have been encouraging people to stick with frequent handwashing, cough etiquette, physical distancing and staying home when sick. On Wednesday, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added another recommendation, saying people should wear non-medical face masks in public when they aren't sure they will be able to physically distance.

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