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OPP stepping up COVID-19 enforcement

Force encourages reporting of suspected violations, will use new powers of enforcement

ORILLIA, Ont. – Those flouting Ontario’s stricter gathering limits could face the consequences, Ontario Provincial Police are warning.

The OPP says it will enforce new social gathering limits of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors introduced Sept. 19, including through the use of new powers.

“Police officers now have the authority to temporarily close any premises where they have reasonable grounds to believe that a gathering or event is in violation of any gathering limits,” the force stated in a release.

The limits apply to gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas, but not in staffed businesses and facilities.

Individuals will be required to leave premises that have been temporarily closed by an officer, and can be ticketed or charged for refusing to comply.

Those hosting gatherings that violate the limits can face fines of up to $10,000, while attendees can be fined up to $750.

The OPP is also encouraging residents to report suspected violations to their municipal bylaw enforcement or police service. Residents can contact local OPP divisions or call the force’s non-emergency number, 1-888-310-1122.


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