The following is an important message from Mayor Higgins, posted on his Facebook page this morning: 21 March 2020
I have made a couple posts yesterday based on my disappointment about people not following the compliance request from the Feds, Province and our own Township.
Let me be clear, Ontario is under a state of emergency and as a result the following consequences for those who fail to self isolate can be applied.
“Although voluntary compliance is always preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, there are consequences for individuals and businesses that choose to defy the act while it is in force.”
Police said the Provincial Offences Act has been updated to include new offences for police to enforce.
Failing to comply with an order made during an emergency is a set fine of $750, while obstructing any person exercising a power or performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency comes with a $1,000 fine.”
This means you can be fined if you do not self isolate for the following reasons.
– If you have headaches, sore throat or fever
– if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive
– if you come to North Frontenac and have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days of coming here
– if you decided to move to your cottage from anywhere within Canada (not just outside Canada) as most areas have cases of COVID-19.
If you fail to comply you can be fined $1750 for each incident as you are obstructing our ability to contain the virus.
Please people, treat this as very serious and any actions that defy the emergency declaration not only put you in jeopardy it could cause someone else to become infected. Let’s be serious, non compliance with the request to social distance and self isolate could result in someone you may not know, or a close friend and/or family member to die. That is how serous this pandemic is. Compliance also ensures that we do not overwhelm our health care workers.
As your Mayor I will not treat this pandemic lightly and I will have fines enforced if I find non compliance continues such as what I have witnessed and heard about over the last couple of days. I will be meeting with our emergency planning group on Monday to decide what additional steps we need to take if required.
Many do not follow this page, those who do please share this message either verbally or share through social media – I need your help to get through this together!
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