While several politicians violate their own coronavirus rules by travelling abroad during the holidays, Toronto Police and the City of Toronto are vowing to stop games of “illegal” outdoor hockey.
According to the Toronto Sun, the City of Toronto says paid-duty police and municipal security officers will increase patrols at the city’s 54 outdoor skating rinks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In Toronto, only reserved-space leisure skating is permitted from 10 am — 10 pm and max capacity is 25 people at all times. All other uses of outdoor ice, including shinny, are prohibited.
According to the General Manager of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg, the Toronto Police have charged 19 people under the Trespass to Property Act for playing hockey since December 23rd.
The city is also targeting “illegal” tobogganing on city ski and snowboarding hills.
“While we continue to do all we can to support safe outdoor activities, the use of closed ski and snowboard hills poses a significant risk of injury,” Pegg said.
The city released a list of sanctioned tobogganing locations, which can be found here.
A total of 1,795 charges have been laid on residents for violating the city’s coronavirus rules since the beginning of the pandemic.