Toronto To Fine People For Not Distancing

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People get exercise outside on the lake shore path along Lake Ontario in Toronto on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Health officials and the government has asks that people stay inside to help curb the spread of the coronavirus also known as COVID-19. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO β€” The mayor of Canada’s most populous city says anyone caught walking within 2 meters (6 feet) of another person in a Toronto public park or square may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 Canadian (U.S. $3,536).

Mayor John Tory says the public has been warned many times and the willful disobedience needs to stop.

Tory says parks and public spaces are where the problems are now. He says people who don’t live with each other need to separate themselves.

The mayor says he doesn’t want Toronto to become New York, which has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

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