What You Need To Understand About COVID-19 Restrictions

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Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
What is the EMCPA?

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) establishes the province’s legal basis and framework for managing emergencies. The EMCPA provides emergency powers to the Premier of Ontario and the Lieutenant Governor in Council, in order for the provincial government to have the necessary power to react quickly to an emergency in Ontario.

Current Restrictions

On March 17, 2020 the Premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency. As a result, the following restrictions are now in place:

  • All businesses deemed to be non-essential are closed;
  • Gatherings of five or more people are prohibited (this does not include households with five or more residents);
  • Funearls are only permitted to have 10 people attend at any one time; and
  • Anyone returning to the country must self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with the Quarantine Act.
Role of Sault Police

It is important for the public to understand there are consequences for people and businesses that choose to ignore the EMCPA while emergency orders are in place. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will enforce the
provisions in the Act in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our community.

Enforcement of the Act

Offences for individuals;

  1. Fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA
  2. Failing to correctly identify oneself for failure to comply with an order made during a declared emergency contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA
  3. Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA
  4. Obstruct any person performing in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA
Expected Penalties

Fail to comply with an order or failing to correctly identify:

  • Minimum fine = $750
  • Maximum fine = $100,000 and up to one year imprisonment

Obstruct any person:

  • Minimum fine = $1,000
  • Maximum fine = $100,000 and up to one year imprisonment

For the director of a corporation, the maximum fine is increased to $500,000 and up to one year imprisonment.

For a corporation, the maximum fine is increased to $10,000,000.

Additional Information

Please visit the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act section of the Ontario Government’s website for more on the EMCPA.

Do You Have COVID-19 Symptoms?

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, please call;

  • Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000
  • Algoma Public Health: (705)759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404
    For public health information visit Algoma Public Health.

For the latest information pertaining to local operations visit the City of Sault Ste. Marie.