Canadian News May 24, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BUSTED: Toronto mayor breaks his own social distancing rules in crowded park

The photos emerged after public outcry over photos of a crowded Trinity Bellwood park, a west-Toronto public area that has remained open to the public throughout the pandemic.

BUSTED: Toronto mayor breaks his own social distancing rules in crowded park
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Toronto Mayor John Tory was photographed breaking social distancing rules at Trinity Bellwood park yesterday, yet gave stern warnings to Torontonians about similar behaviour.

The photos emerged after public outcry over photos of a crowded Trinity Bellwood park, a west-Toronto public area that has remained open to the public throughout the pandemic.

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Across the city today, people went to parks (which have been open throughout the #COVID19 pandemic) and kept their distance from others. That is the right and responsible thing to do. It’s unfortunate and extremely disappointing that so many gathered in Trinity Bellwoods to flaunt the advice of our public health professionals. They are putting their own health at risk and by risking the spread of the virus to others, they could contribute to the kind of setback we are trying hard to avoid. I know from talking to them tonight these are smart people who simply have to do better going forward. Bylaw officers & Toronto Police will be out in increased numbers tomorrow to help reinforce that message. #stayapart #stayhealthy

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While Mayor Tory was out and about breaking social distancing rules, regular Canadians were being fined to the tune of millions of dollars in total.

Regarding the crowded park, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, tweeted her disappointment when she saw the large gathering in the popular downtown park.

“I understand that the photos of people in Trinity Bellwoods were disappointing today. It was a beautiful day & we all want to enjoy our city together, but this could be selfish & dangerous behaviour that could set us back,” Dr. de Villa tweeted.

City councillor Joe Cressy also chimed in, tweeting: "Toronto, this will not end well if we don’t all do our part and respect physical distancing. Going outside is good for physical and mental health, but at a distance. We’re by no means out of the woods yet. Anything but. Please, we are all in this together."

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