As the sun came out for a beautiful weekend in Toronto, so too did swarms of people in some of the city’s public parks. Most notably, thousands of residents flocked to Trinity Bellwoods in the west end.
The scene was seemingly one of indifference towards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has actually seen the province’s positive test results climb back up after a couple of weeks of relative optimism.
A complete lack of physical distancing, and nary a mask in sight at Bellwoods on Saturday, as temperatures climbed above 20 degrees. Even mayor John Tory paid a visit to the park, and he’s since apologized for his own behaviour, which included chatting up park goers without wearing a mask, over the weekend.
This is how you set an example? Tory at Trinity? pic.twitter.com/YFE0bBReLu
— Dani Elwell (@danielwell00) May 24, 2020
“I want to apologize for my personal behaviour yesterday,” Tory said in a statement.
“I fully intended to properly physically distance, but it was very difficult to do. I wore a mask into the park, but I failed to use it properly, another thing I’m disappointed about. These were mistakes that I made and as a leader in this city, I know that I must set a better example going forward.”
I want to apologize for my personal behaviour yesterday. I visited Trinity Bellwoods Park to try to determine why things were the way they were. pic.twitter.com/2x1OIrnKI9
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 25, 2020
Residents living nearby the park said that park goers had used their backyards and laneways to relieve themselves.
Police issued just four tickets to people in Trinity Bellwoods on Saturday. People who fail to meet social distancing guidelines in public can be handed a $1,000 ticket on the spot, although officers can issue a more punitive ticket in which fines go up to $5,000 on conviction.