Sault Ste. Marie, ON (2020 04 27) – The City of Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Ste. Marie Police Service remind citizens that all emergency orders currently in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) in the province will remain in effect until at least May 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons who fail to comply with an order are subject to fines in the range of $750 to $100,000 and imprisonment. In the case of businesses, fines up to $500,000 and imprisonment and in the case of a corporation, fines up to $10,000,000.
During this time, it is important for employers to understand that despite the declaration of a state of emergency and issuance of orders under the EMCPA in Ontario, the statutory duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers remains paramount. Employers of an essential service are responsible to provide a place of business that continues to operate in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as operate the business in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including the Ministry of Health and Algoma Public Health. This includes physical distancing of employees, cleaning and disinfecting all spaces.
Additionally, under the EMCPA, all gatherings of more than five people are prohibited including parades, weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship.