OPP to enforce new rules during state of emergency
Published Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:06AM EDT
An Ontario Province Police officer is seen in this file photo.
SUDBURY -- The Ontario Provincial Police have released details on how officers are expected to respond to the province’s state of emergency declaration related to limiting the transmission of COVID-19.
Police detailed consequences for individuals and businesses that defy the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The enforcement policies are following guidelines provided by the provinces' Chief Medical Officer of Health. The OPP say the Provincial Offences Act has been updated to include three offences to be enforced by police, along with set fines per offence.
Those offences and fines include:
- Fail to comply with an order - Part I: Fine of $750
- Obstructions of Person: Fine of $1,000
- Corporations: Fine of $500,000
"The OPP continues to provide public safety services to the communities we serve and support the efforts of federal, provincial and local health authorities during the current situation involving COVID-19," said police in the news release.
The statement goes on to remind the people of the province that all organized public events over 50 people are prohibited and the orders will remain in place until March 31 or until further notice.