Officers with the Sioux Lookout detachment of the OPP have laid a charge in Sioux Lookout, in connection with the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act.
On Tuesday evening, officers responded to a local hotel for a complaint of a group of non-registered guests, who were causing a disturbance in a hotel room. Officers attended and educated guests about emergency orders made under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). As a result, one individual was charged with 'Fail to comply with an order made during an emergency' as per EMCPA.
At this time, the frontline approach to enforcement is through public education with officers encouraging compliance with all of the short-term restrictions. Voluntary compliance is always preferred, and the OPP appreciates the public's ongoing support of these mandates.
However, for the safety of our community, it needs to be understood that compliance with these orders is not optional.
Individuals can be fined $750 for failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency, or $1,000 for obstructing any person performing a duty or exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency.
No fines have yet been laid by officers with the Kenora detachment of the OPP, or by officers with the Manitoba RCMP.
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