The Mayor of Toronto said he hoped “the warning days had ended” after officers broke a large Halloween party during the weekend which was allegedly held by anti-mask.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon, Head of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg confirmed that the officers were called for Halloween meetings where 60 to 70 were present.
The police said that the investigation of the meeting made them believe it was organized by anti-mask.
“This event was responded to and handled quickly,” Pegg said. “This is my understanding that the cost is placed on one of the organizers of this event and that this remains in the investigation.”
There is no further information provided about the content faced by the organizers of the party.
In September, the province reduced limits to 25 outdoors and 10 people in the room in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the second wave of pandemic.
Pegg said that the city received 33 complaints over Halloween weekends about big meetings, but only two were considered legitimate and guaranteed tickets.
“While the volume of emergency response calls is always higher than normal on the night of Halloween, I am happy to report that we did not experience an abnormal increase during Halloween 2020.”
“Thank you Toronto because it’s so attentive.”
At the same time, Mayor John Tory hopes that the city does not have to issue as many warnings about major meetings in the future.
“I hope that day will come – because I don’t control law enforcement – that the warning days are over and people will be, if they are found in these places when they should not or enter the situation where they should not or Operate in a way that is contrary to this command which is intended to allow the door to open safely, then there will be a price to pay it. ”
At the height of the first wave of Pandemic Covid-19, Toronto enforcement officers relied heavily on education and awareness rather than fines and charges to disobey public safety rules.
One collection of 10 people caused 40 Covid-19 cases in nine days
Toronto’s top doctor said that while the city seemed to have “adapted successfully” to Halloween this year, with more holidays in the next two months, it was important to remember the risk of infection or transmission with each meeting.
“We have reached a point in the year where we have to think about how difficult it is difficult to accept there is a risk, even danger, in the events we gather for the pleasure of their respective companies,” Dr. Eileen de Villa.
“The idea of opposing what we have received, the celebration is the time when we rule out the worries of everyday life, to take a little time to relax and enjoy.”
De Villa quoted many examples of meetings that have turned into super-spreaders, including the bachelor party of 13 people where one participant experienced a light headache and a cold, which he was associated with seasonal allergies.
“It turns out Covid-19,” De Villa said. “As a result tonight, three people tested positive for viruses. But the event produced 16 high-risk contacts and more than 120 contacts were at a lower risk.”
A meeting of 10 friends in a cottage where one person developed symptoms such as cold caused 40 Covid-19 cases confirmed in nine days, added de villa, and barbecue September 40 people led to 27 cases of confirmed diseases.
“And in this case, because children are involved, 105 high-risk contacts through schools, they all have to isolate themselves for 14 days. As I said before, you don’t get Covid-19 from somewhere, you get Covid-19 from Others, “he said.
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