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Police, by-law officers turn away almost 1,000 cars from Toronto parks

Bluffers Park in Toronto

Toronto officials say while most people are practicing physical distancing in city parks this weekend, there remains some problem areas across the city.

Officials say they turned away 800 vehicles from Bluffers Park and another 140 vehicles were deterred from parking at High Park on the first day of an enforcement blitz on Saturday. Police say they issued 19 parking tickets as well.

As well, another 141 complaints were received about gatherings and unsafe behaviour at parks

By-law officers along with Toronto police issued a total of 10 tickets to people related to park amenities while five non-essential businesses were ticketed for violating provincial orders. Toronto Public Health says it received 28 complaints related to non-essential businesses remaining open and two notices were issued.

As well, by-law officers and police spoke with 780 people on Saturday, educating them on the various public health recommendations and closures while cautioning another 373 people.

Toronto Public Health reported 113 new cases of COVID-19 in the city and the total number of cases has now climbed to 1,232. The number of people requiring hospitalization increased by 12 per cent to 140 while 58 of those people are in the ICU.

Two more deaths were recorded, bringing the total in the city up to 27.