On October 28, 2020, officers from the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the complaint of a possible breach of the Quarantine Act in Chisholm Township. (near Powassan)
Police began an investigation and found that a family entered into Canada by land on October 26, 2020, from the United States. During the investigation, officers discovered that they were not abiding by the mandatory two-week quarantine upon entering Canada.
With the assistance of the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), a 47-year-old and a 48-year-old, both from Pennsylvania, have been charged with Failing to Comply with Conditions upon Entering Canada under section 58 of the Quarantine Act. They were both issued a Provincial Offence Notice with a set fine of $1000 plus costs and surcharges. Three others were educated by police.
Staff Sergeant Bill McMullen, Detachment Commander of North Bay OPP, advises that when individuals enter Canada from another country, they are ordered to quarantine for 14 days. A plan outlining the quarantine is first established with Canada Border Services. The OPP will support this process by conducting compliance checks. Individuals are reminded that while under quarantine order, there is no exception to leave the quarantine residence until the 14 days are complete. Any goods and services must be delivered to the location of quarantine during the 14 days if required.
The OPP reminds the public to respect orders under the Federal Quarantine Act. Legislation is in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public by mitigating risk of exposure.
For more information is available here: www.justice.gc.ca/