TORONTO, ON., May 26, 2020 — On Sunday night, Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a letter of apology to all Torontonians for lowering his mask while being closer than 2 metres to some of the thousands who attended a massive gathering in Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday.
“I want to apologize for my personal behaviour,” said the Toronto Mayor. I visited Trinity Bellwoods Park to try to determine why things were the way they were.”
Mayor Tory was talking about as many as ten thousand residents carrying on like it was any other sunny day in the park with little to no regard for physical distancing. “This was a massive crowd, the likes of which I have never seen and the quantity of alcohol there was extraordinary,” Tory told CTV News.
Nearby residents were also angry about park-goers urinating and more on and near their properties, most likely due to park washroom facilities being closed.
Mayor Tory also said “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.”
The Mayor told CP24 his daughter, who is a healthcare worker, was very disappointed with him after seeing the images of her father at the park on social media.
“These were mistakes that I made and as a leader in this city, I know that I mus set a better example going forward,” concluded Tory in his statement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health issued a very concerned response to anyone who was gathered at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday. “If you were one of these people, it is possible that you may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 infection, but with little or no symptoms, especially if you were within six feet of others having face-to-face conversations,” said Dr. de Villa. “Because of this it is important that you monitor yourself carefully for COVID-19 symptoms for the next 14 days. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please go and get tested immediately.”
Toronto’s top doctor also said, “In addition, please make sure you keep a physical distance of six feet from others and, if you are not able to do so, please make sure you wear a non-medical mask to prevent the spread of any germs that you may have to others.”
“Please also consider avoiding contact with people who are most vulnerable for serious illness, or complications of COVID-19 such as elderly people and those with chronic health conditions,” said Dr. de Villa.