Under the provincial Declaration of Emergency, several provincial orders have been instituted to flatten the curve and stabilize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This includes temporarily allowing by-law enforcement officers to assist police with enforcing the emergency orders made by the province.
Municipal By-law officers can now investigate and issue tickets or charge anyone contravening a provincial order. By-law officers cannot make arrests.
“North Grenville By-law services will assess a reported allegation and make a discretionary decision on enforcement measures,” stated John Okum, Director of Emergency & Protective Services / Fire Chief.
Measures may include educational messaging and opportunity to voluntarily comply with provincial orders.
“By-law services will work closely with the local OPP Detachment and public health officials,” added Chief Okum.
The enforceable provincial orders that fall within the authority of the OPP and North Grenville municipal by-law officers include:
- Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses
- Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
- Closure of public places and establishments
- Closure of all outdoor recreational amenities
“My Council colleagues and I understand these are very challenging times, but our success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 relies heavily on municipalities working together with the province and the OPP for the good of everyone. We urge you to comply with the provincial measures that have been put in place,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
"The provincial government has put emergency orders in effect to keep everyone safe. We are asking North Grenville residents to comply with these efforts to flatten the curve," added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan, Emergency and Protective Services Liaison.
If a resident believes a provincial order is being violated, they can contact the Ontario Provincial Police or register a formal complaint with By-law services. To register a complaint, you will be required to provide your name, contact information and detail of the allegation.
At this time, there is no legislative authority for By-law officers to enforce non-compliance with physical distancing recommendations or the Federal Quarantine Orders under the Quarantine Act.
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To register a complaint:
Contact Grenville OPP Detachment (for non-emergent calls) at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-258-3441. Click here for the OPP’s media release.
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