Residents and businesses are reminded that they can face fines between $750 and $500,000 for breaking COVID-19 and social distancing measures from the province.

“It’s important for the public to understand that there are consequences for businesses and individuals who choose to defy the act, while emergency orders are in place,” explained Constable with the Kenora OPP, Laurie Harkof.

The OPP says although voluntary compliance is preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, there are three charges for those who fail to follow the act. They include:

- A Failure to Comply with An Order – Part I Fine - $750,
- Obstructions of Person Fine - $1,000,
- Corporations Fine - $500,000.

On April 18, officers in Kenora charged a 38-year-old male with a $750 fine through the EMCPA. Officers in Sioux Lookout laid a $750 fine on April 16.

Ontario’s State of Emergency is in place until May 6 at the earliest, but can be extended for an additional 14 days at any time by the province.

If you have any concerns and feel you need to contact the OPP please call the NON EMERGENCY number at 1-888-310-1122.

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