Enhanced Restrictions Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Order
Provincial Stay-at-Home Order – Enhanced Restrictions, April 17th
On April 8th the Provincial Government implemented at Stay-at-Home order to control the spread and transmission of COVID-19 ().
On April 17th at 12:01 the Provincial government announced new restrictions on outdoor activity and gatherings. (https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order)
- Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
- Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
- Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
- Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.
This new order has expanded police authority to stop individuals found in public spaces to ensure they are compliant with the Stay-at-Home order. Individuals are required to provide officers their home address and the purpose for being outside of their residence.
This Provincial order gives police additional powers to assess compliance and implement a level of enforcement. The Saugeen Shore Police Service will be conducting evidence based investigations concerning this Stay-at-Home order. While it is not the intention of our police service to conduct wholesale random spot checks, persons who appear to be in violation of the order may find themselves being approached by an officer.
The Saugeen Shores Police Service will maintain a complaint and proactive driven model of enforcement and compliance with the Provincial Stay-at-Home order. Officers will engage, explain, educate, and enforce.
In partnership with the community.
Sergeant Andy Evans
Media Relations Officer