Toronto sees no evidence of coronavirus spike since gathering in Trinity Bellwoods

After thousands gathered in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto Public Health says it has seen “no evidence” pointing to a spike in cases connected to the event.
Sam Edwards High Level, Alberta

Over two weeks after a gathering of thousands in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto Public Health says it has seen “no evidence” pointing to a spike in coronavirus cases connected to the event, according to BlogTO.

This is likely surprising to many, as people who attended the park faced a lot of backlash and public shaming—mostly for their lack of masks and social distancing.

"So far there has been no evidence of increased COVID-19 activity that can be linked to the gathering in Trinity Bellwoods Park on May 23rd," Toronto Public Health tweeted when responding to a question about the incident.

"However, COVID-19 continues to circulate in Toronto & over 65% of cases reported since that day are from close contact."

The large crowds in Trinity Bellwoods took place on May 23 and since then the city has introduced social distancing circles throughout the park to make sure that people are respecting distancing rules and following the municipal bylaw requiring people to keep a distance of two metres between themselves and others from separate households.

The park is also being patrolled by police and bylaw officers now, though no massive crowds have tried to congregate like they did in may.

Toronto Public Health still asks that residents practice safe measures whenever they leave their homes.

"We urge residents to continue practicing physical distancing & to keep with members of your household only when going outside," it tweeted. "We are closely monitoring our data as the city slowly reopens."

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