Toronto police said they accused 10 people of attending a meeting at a North York social club Friday night in violation of restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Police said on Friday at 8:45 PM ET, officers along with Municipal Licensing and Standards Bylaw officers executed a search warrant at a social club in the Lawrence Avenue West and Marlee Avenue area.
Police found 10 people gathered at the crime scene and charged them with a Part 3 call under the Ontario Reopening Act for violating assembly restrictions. Toronto and the Peel region are in a provincial blockade, which prohibits indoor meetings with people outside of the same household.
Police say they also seized 11 illegal gaming machines they found at the scene.
The 59-year-old club owner has been arrested and charged with running a joint gaming or bookmaking house, allowing the site to be used as a casino or bookmaker, allowing the maintenance of a gambling or betting machine, possession of money or property for crimes related to betting and gaming gambling and having criminal proceeds of less than $ 5000
He is due to appear in court in January. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police.