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.
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."