Police Service will ticket individuals who are travelling, or parked in a car, with three people or more – including individuals from different home addresses.
Police say this action is against the law starting today In these provinces: Ontario, Prince Edward Island,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut.
The Emergency Act order by the provincials government to gatherings of more than three people apply to “organized public events and social gatherings.”
As well, more than three people cannot congregate in various settings that have been closed such as: facilities providing indoor recreational programs; public libraries; private schools; licensed child care centres; bars and restaurants (except those that provide takeout); theatres; concert venues and city-owned playgrounds, parks, and green spaces.
According to the police, bylaw officers will be monitoring and providing information and education to non-compliant individuals and businesses.
And, in some cases, police are contacted to conduct enforcement actions under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The police service continue to “conduct proactive enforcement, when necessary, and officers will use their discretion to determine the proper action.”
According to the provinces, stronger action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians.
This order does apply for households of more than three people.
On Tuesday, the provinces also announced that individuals who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables, and municipal bylaw enforcement officers.
If someone refuses to provide identification the fine is $750 or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket.