Toronto police say a King Street West nightclub hosted an indoor party for 125-150 people last Friday, without any physical distancing measures in place. The owner and manager of Goldie will be charged with failure to comply with an order made during a declared emergency.
The province of Ontario has been under a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since March 17, which has been extended until July 15.
Toronto police said between 125 and 150 people were inside Goldie nightclub at 619 King Street West on Friday.
Patrons were allowed to enter through the back of the building, and social distancing measures weren’t enforced, police said.https://t.co/VqAc2poNj4
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According to police, the nightclub violated state of emergency orders by housing 125-150 people inside. The club does not have outdoor patio space, outdoor seating, and no permit for service outdoors, police said in a release.
Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people or less in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Toronto is in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, but local bars and restaurants are not permitted to offer dine-in experiences. The province has allowed establishments to apply for special permits to expand outdoor seating areas.