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Coronavirus: Toronto authorities cracking down on illegal beach parties, restricting parking

Toronto clamping down on big beach parties
WATCH ABOVE: The City of Toronto is taking aim at overcrowding at Toronto beaches by restricting access to parking lots on weekend evenings. Shallima Maharaj explains.

TORONTO – Authorities are enacting stricter parking rules at Toronto beaches after a number of nighttime parties were busted over the weekend.

The city says that parking at three popular beaches will be restricted after 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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They also note a “significant increase” in the number of gatherings happening at beaches where people are not practising physical distancing.

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Partygoers have reportedly brought DJ equipment, lit bonfires, and participated in excessive drinking while leaving behind heaps of litter.

Alongside an increase in bylaw officers patrolling the beaches, the city says Toronto police will also be increasing their presence to crackdown on illegal gatherings.

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The new rules go into effect on Friday.