After receiving a complaint of a gathering that took place on April 2, 2021, members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service began an investigation.
As a result of the investigation, the organizer of the gathering was identified and it was determined the gathering exceeded restrictions under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).
On April 21, 2021 officers with Patrol Services issued a provincial offences notice under the EMCPA.
“This community has fared quite well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and I know we all want to keep it that way so we’re able to once again visit with friends and family,” Chief Hugh Stevenson says. “In order to do our part as your Police Service, we will thoroughly investigate any complaint of EMCPA violations. As in this case, and others, anyone found to be violating the EMCPA will be fined accordingly.”
Any individual failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency could face a minimum fine of $750.