Premier Doug Ford said he will not punish the entire province over the decisions of some people to flout COVID-19 restrictions on the weekend, though these actions, along with more daily cases, has resulted in public health officials questioning plans to increase the size of social gatherings.
While Ford commended Tory for "working his back off" during the pandemic, he said that it's now "up to the mayor" if he wants to get tested for COVID-19.
"Upon making one delivery to Trinity Bellwoods and a couple more to Christie Pits we soon realized that we could not play a part in encouraging this type of behaviour and chose to put a hold on this until it is safe".
She noted the city has seen an uptick in cases of COVID-19, reporting 258 new cases on Friday alone.
Toronto Mayor John Tory has apologized after photos of the civic leader displaying questionable social distancing etiquette at a packed Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday caused an uproar on social media.
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"Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, was blunt in responding to the images of the public park gatherings, saying on Twitter Saturday: ". this could be selfish & risky behaviour that could set us back". More than 700 people from Toronto have died due to COVID-19.
As of Sunday, the province has had 25,500 confirmed new coronavirus cases and 2,140 deaths, compared to 84,000 cases and 6,447 nationwide.
Ford's comments come as the province attempts to boost low testing numbers - reported today as 8,170, despite a capacity of more than 21,000.
While saying he understood people's desire to go out on a lovely day, Ford warned the virus could "still spread like wildfire". "It's unfortunate and extremely disappointing that so many gathered in Trinity Bellwoods to flaunt the advice of our public health professionals". "I know from talking to them tonight these are smart people who simply have to do better going forward".
"Toronto, this will not end well if we don't all do our part and respect physical distancing", Toronto Board of Health chair Joe Cressy tweeted. "It was a handsome day & we all want to enjoy our city together, but this could be selfish & unsafe behaviour that could set us back", read the Dr.de Villa's tweet.
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"We need to continue to maintain that physical distancing for now so we can get back to those regular aspects of life". "Anything but. Please, we are all in this together". It might not even be about the young people.
Toronto's Bellwoods Park gates.
"Upon making a couple trips to the park for deliveries today and witnessing how poorly people were following social distancing rules, if any at all, we have made a decision to put a hold on our park deliveries until further notice", reads a post on Instagram.
Last week, public health officials strongly urged all of us to wear a mask in situations where physical distancing is impossible.
The total also includes 19,698 resolved cases, which represents 76 per cent of all cases, a third straight day of that percentage declining, as the amount of active cases increases.
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