COBOURG POLICE CONTINUING WITH AN EDUCATIONAL APPROACH TO STAY-AT-HOME ORDER VIOLATIONS

The Cobourg Police Service supports all measures necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and will continue to work with local public health, municipal and regional officials to ensure compliance.

We are aware of community concerns over large gatherings taking place downtown Cobourg since the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) Stay at Home Order went into effect.

Cobourg police are monitoring the situation and continue to take an educational approach when responding to possible violations. We have been in contact with the group organizers to engage, explain, and educate in the hope of continued compliance with the new Stay at Home Order.

The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has declared a second Provincial Emergency under the EMCPA which includes a new stay at home order that prohibits large gatherings of more than five (5) people under these regulations. 

While provincial offences officers, including police officers, have enforcement rights under the new EMCPA order, we will continue to focus on the 4 Es – Engage (with the individuals), Explain (why we are there), Educate (on the rules and regulations), and Enforce (as a last resort).  Enforcement will be aimed at those individuals who overtly put others in danger in our community.

Our officers will not be conducting random vehicle or individual stops. Our initiatives will be both complaint-driven and proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance. We are asking people to comply for the well-being of everyone in our community and to ensure the capacity of our health care.

“In the vast majority of cases, when we receive a complaint or respond to a call where individuals are in violation, they have willingly complied after being educated,” said Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “We expect this to remain the same moving forward and we thank those citizens who are doing their part.”

More information

On January 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. the Government of Ontario issued a new Stay at Home Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The new Order requires individuals to remain in their place of residence at all times unless leaving for an essential purpose. Details of this can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

This order is expected to remain in effect until February 11, 2021, but could be extended. The Cobourg Police Service supports all measures necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and will continue to work with local public health, municipal and regional officials to ensure compliance.

Resources

Government of Ontario
https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59922/ontario-declares-second-provincial-emergency-to-address-covid-19-crisis-and-save-lives

Town of Cobourg
Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions Page
https://www.cobourg.ca/en/enforcement.aspx

Town of Cobourg Enforcement Hotline – (905) 372-4301 x 3
To assist community members with any questions or concerns they may have on the Stay at Home Order and the Provincial Emergency Declaration.

HKPR District Health Unit Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.hkpr.on.ca/2020/12/17/provincial-shutdown-covid-19/

Cobourg Police Service (905) 372-6821

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