A new measure being implemented by Ontario means that officers with the OPP can now shutdown events or gatherings that are in violation of the COVID-19 measures.

The OPP say this comes as social gathering limits have been lowered in Ontario, to a max of 10 people at an indoor event and a max of 25 people outdoors, which cannot be merged together to create a gathering of 35.

The new social limits apply to private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbecues and wedding receptions.

The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, since they already follow health and safety guidelines.

Police now have the authority to temporarily close any premises where they have reasonable grounds to believe that a gathering or event is in violation of the new gathering limits.

Individuals who refuse to leave may be additionally ticketed or charged, on top of the $750 fine for attending a gathering, or the $10,000 for hosting a gathering.

Individuals will be required to leave the premises if it has been temporarily closed, and they will not be able to return on the same day unless authorized by an officer. This does not apply if it is their home.

Police add that anyone who believes a gathering is not adhering to the safety guidelines should report it to their local by-law enforcement authorities or police service.

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