Your Local News

in Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate, West Grey

SOUTH GREY WEATHER
The Village Banner ad
Grey County Reads
Annesley Events

January 18, 2021

OPP focuses enforcement of stay-at-home order

stay-at-home computer screen

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting that Ontarians voluntarily comply with the new Stay-at-Home Order to limit mobility outside their homes, except for essential reasons, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

OPP officers will enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), and the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) by focusing on non-compliance in businesses and restaurants, complaints from the public and outdoor gatherings of more than five (5) people. Officers can disperse and ticket individuals found to be non-compliance with the Acts.

Fines are $750 for failing to comply with an order and/or $1,000 for preventing others (including individuals, employees or other workers) from following an order. Maximum fines for individuals are up $100,000 and $10 million for a corporation. Failure to follow the rules can result in prosecution or jail time.

As a reminder, in the absence of a complaint or other grounds, officers will not arbitrarily stop an individual or a vehicle or enter a dwelling for the singular purpose of checking compliance with the order. Individuals are not expected to provide proof of essential work. Officers can ask an individual to identify themselves if they have reasonable grounds to believe the individual is violating an Act.

The OPP asks that 9-1-1 be used for emergency purposes only. If you have questions about the Stay-At-Home order please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions. To learn more about COVID-19 support services, visit www.211oncovid19.ca or call the hotline at 211 for assistance. 211 is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and service is available in 150 languages.

For non-emergencies - including allegations of non-compliance - contact your police service of jurisdiction. If that is the OPP, call 1-888-310-1122 (toll free in Ontario). In an emergency, always call 9-1-1. For information on the OPP, police record checks, fingerprinting and reporting crime using the Online Reporting tool, visit opp.ca.

 


At South Grey News, we endeavour to bring you truthful and factual, up-to-date local community news in a quick and easy-to-digest format that’s free of political bias. We believe this service is more important today than ever before, as social media has given rise to misinformation, largely unchecked by big corporations who put profits ahead of their responsibilities.

South Grey News does not have the resources of a big corporation. We are a small, locally owned-and-operated organization. Research, analysis and physical attendance at public meetings and community events requires considerable effort. But contributions from readers and advertisers, however big or small, go a long way to helping us deliver positive, open and honest journalism for this community.

Please consider supporting South Grey News with a donation in lieu of a subscription fee and let us know that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you.

SouthGrey.ca subscribe tower ad Abbeyfield House - Durham Open House Grey County Libraries Powerful Machines
Grey Bruce Animal Shelter Bernard's quality cars ad click for inventory. Grey Highlands Library: Hiring CEO/Librarian Home-Based Childcare Provider Info Session Canadian Anti Fraud Centre ad Forests Ontario ad Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce Your ad her $59/week Grey Bruce the women's centre MADD Canada Donate to Canadian Red Cross Barbara Pearn Artist