The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) issued a ticket as a result of a gathering in the Town of Cobourg in violation of the current ‘Emergency Brake’ Shutdown restrictions.
On Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 1:50 pm, officers responded to a gathering taking place in front of Victoria Hall at 55 King Street West in the Town of Cobourg.
Upon arrival, police estimated there were between twenty and twenty-five individuals gathered. Officers spoke with the group, requesting they comply with the current Shutdown gathering limits, and the group was educated on the current provincial restrictions regarding outdoor gatherings.
As a result, one person was charged with fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.
Throughout the pandemic, CPS has taken an educational approach enacting the four Es (Engage, Explain, Educate, and Enforce), working with individuals, groups, and businesses to gain compliance with evolving rules. CPS asks the community to follow all Shutdown guidelines for the well-being of our community and to ensure the capacity of our health care system.
With the Province currently under the ‘Emergency Brake’ Shutdown, the Cobourg Police will be enforcing violations, issuing tickets to anyone who does not comply with provincial guidelines and restrictions. Those that refuse to comply will be charged accordingly.
Shutdown gathering restrictions:
- It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with. Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
- Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than five (5) people.
If a public health region experiences a rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission or if its health system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, can request the government activate the “emergency brake” and move the region into the Shutdown at any time.
On April 1, 2021, The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced a province-wide move to the ‘Emergency Brake’ Shutdown placing Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework on pause for the time being. This means new stricter public health restrictions and measures will be in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Details of this announcement can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.
Ontario is expected to remain in the Shutdown for at least four weeks 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.