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City of Toronto cancels all major mass gatherings until July

More doubts and complications have been placed over the future of the 2020 Super League season after the City of Toronto cancelled mass events through to June 30.

Canada is currently a number of weeks behind the UK level of Covid-19 infections and has only just started to implement social distancing.

Although the Super League season is suspended indefinitely, the announcement will prevent Toronto Wolfpack playing at home until July at the earliest.

A statement from the city’s government reads: “Event organizers are urged to follow Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations of physical distancing as a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community when reviewing their event plans for the upcoming months and make prudent decisions about cancellations.

“The end date for the cancellation period will be reviewed every two weeks following the initial announcement and may be extended beyond June 30 in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and in consideration of the provincial prohibition of organized public events and social gatherings.”

Toronto got their first win of the season in their last outing against Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup. Credit: News Images

The Wolfpack have spent the opening two months of the Super League season in England and were due to fly back to Canada later this month ahead of their first home game against Hull FC on April 18.

Between then and the end of June, Brian McDermott’s side were scheduled to play five games at Lamport Stadium and were expecting crowds in the region of 10,000 for each fixture.



  1. Geoff Hewitt

    April 1, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I read the release and it seemed to exempt the professional sports teams in Toronto. From CBC Sports: “Because the Toronto event ban announced Tuesday does not include pro sports, the Maple Leafs and Raptors still could hypothetically play games at Scotiabank Arena, the Blue Jays could play at the Rogers Centre and Toronto FC and the Argonauts could play at BMO Field.” The Wolfpack were not mentioned.

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