The Cobourg Police Service issued four tickets as a result of a gathering in the Town of Cobourg in violation of the current provincewide Stay-At-Home-Order. In addition, police identified two individuals from a gathering held last weekend who will be charged.
On the afternoon of Saturday, April 17, 2021, police attended Victoria Hall located at 55 King Street West in Cobourg in response to a gathering taking place in violation of the current Stay-At-Home Order.
Police estimated there were approximately 30 individuals gathered in a group and walking along the street.
Recent changes to the current Stay-At-Home order prohibit all outdoor gatherings, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
Officers spoke with the group, engaging with the group to ensure understanding of the recent changes and clarity that those who chose not to comply would be charged accordingly. Interactions between the group and the police were respectful.
As a result, four people were charged with Fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The Cobourg Police Service supports all measures necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 and variants in our community and will continue to work with local public health, municipal and regional officials to ensure compliance. Cobourg Police will continue to be proactive and complaint-driven in our response to the increased measures. 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, Explain, Educate, and Enforce. Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty.
On April 7, 2021, The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 12:01 am, the government is issuing a provincewide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes.
On April 16, 2021, the Ontario government announced a two-week extension to the current Stay-At-Home Order. Additional restrictions and enforcement measures were also announced. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province’s health care system.
The current Stay-At-Home order is expected to remain in effect until May 19, 2021, but could be extended.
The set fines for Orders under EMCPA are:
$750 – Fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.
$1000 – Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.
$1000 – Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.
A Victim FINE Surcharge is an additional $130 for each of the above charges.
Government of Ontario – covid-19.ontario.ca
Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order
HKPR District Health Unit – www.hkpr.on.ca
Town of Cobourg Information – www.cobourg.ca/covid-19
Cobourg Police Service – cobourgpoliceservice.com