covid19 enforcement


Call Screening: 

The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) remains committed to public safety during COVID-19. We will continue to provide essential services to the community. Officers will be dispatched to emergency and non-emergency calls on a priority basis.

Our dispatchers will be asking a series of screening questions, as recommended by the health authorities, prior to dispatching an officer to a call. All police personnel have been issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be put on when a person they are interacting with displays signs of a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Additionally, in order to limit contact with the public and to mitigate any potential exposure to COVID-19, the CPS may process some calls for service over the telephone instead of having an officer attend.  These decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

Enforcement of Provincial Emergency Orders: 

On March 17, 2020, the government declared a provincial emergency through the authority granted under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and has enacted Emergency Orders that will protect the public and reduce the harmful spread of COVID-19. The CPS will be enforcing these Orders in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and better protect our community.

Based on expert advice received from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government will require the following establishments and/or events to be closed as of March 17th, 2020 until April 13, 2020 unless the emergency is terminated earlier:

 • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs,

• All public libraries,

• All private schools as defined in the Education Act,

• All licensed child care centres,

• All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery,

• All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies, and

• All concert venues

• All organized public events of over fifty (50) people are hereby prohibited including parades and events and communal services within places of worship.  

On March 22, 2020, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, ordered the immediate closure of several types of establishments. This is a new Order, in addition to those issued by the provincial government under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) on March 18, 2020.

In an Order pursuant to section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the following types of establishments or premises in the EOHU area must be closed, effective as of March 22nd and until further notice:

  • *All daycares and other childcare centres and services (those that were not previously included in the provincial closure order)
  • All public gyms, fitness and sport centres and services (to clarify that gyms are considered recreational centres, which have been previously ordered closed)
  • All churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship (previously recommended, but now ordered to close)
  • All personal service settings (as it is impossible to offer these services while maintaining a distance of two metres between individuals), including:
    • Hairdressing and barbering
    • Tattooing
    • Body piercing
    • Nail services
    • Electrolysis
    • Other aesthetic services

 *Exemptions will be made for select daycare centres providing childcare for frontline essential workers.

On March 23, 2020, the Province of Ontario released a list of Essential Workplaces. All workplaces not included in this list will be required to close as of March 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm. To read the list of Essential Workplaces, click here. 

On March 28, 2020, based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.

On March 31, 2020, the Province Ontario issued a new Order, to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Click here to read more.

On April 4, 2020, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit issued two new Orders to further reduce the number of infections and deaths caused by the virus. The Orders came into effect at 11:59 P.M. on April 4, 2020.

Order relating to mandatory isolation of certain individuals
This order makes isolation mandatory for the following individuals residing or present in the EOHU area (some exceptions may apply):

a)    Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
b)    Anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and has been tested for COVID-19 but is awaiting results of that test
c)    Anyone who has reasonable grounds to believe they have symptoms of COVID-19
d)    Anyone who is a close contact of a person identified in a, b or c above

These individuals are required to isolate themselves for 14 days in accordance with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s directives. They must also keep away from vulnerable persons, and conduct themselves in a way that does not expose another person to infection or potential infection from COVID-19, by following infection control instructions. Full details of the Order are available at

New Measures for Owners/Operators of Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores and Pharmacies
Dr. Roumeliotis also issued a new Order with guidelines regarding what owners/operators of grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Ensuring that grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies follow infection prevention measures will further prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19,” says Dr. Roumeliotis.

The new Order issues additional measures regarding in-store crowd control, hygiene, the screening and training of employees, as well as measures regarding in-store signage about physical distancing and preventing hoarding amongst customers.

For more information about the Orders issued by Dr. Roumeliotis, please consult the official documents on the EOHU’s website.

It is an offence to fail to comply with an emergency order, or to obstruct any person acting pursuant to such an order. The maximum punishment is one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself. 

Enforcement of the Quarantine Act

On March 25, 2020, the Federal Government announced that a mandatory 14-day self-isolation quarantine would be in effect at midnight for all Canadians arriving in Canada.

The CPS  will be working in conjunction with local health authorities to enforce the Quarantine Act. The CPS has designated “Quarantine Act Enforcement Teams” who are assigned to follow-up with any reports of individuals who arrived in Canada after midnight on March 25th, 2020 and fail to self-isolate for 14 days. Section 18 of the Quarantine Act, specifies that a peace officer may, at the request of a screening officer or quarantine officer, arrest without a warrant and bring to a quarantine officer any traveler who the peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe has refused to be isolated or refuses to comply with a measure under subsection 15 for a health assessment.

Individuals in the City of Cornwall who fail to comply with the mandatory quarantine order can be reported to the CPS at 613-932-2110. Calls should be limited to information regarding travellers who arrived in Canada after midnight on March 25th, 2020 and who are failing to remain in self-isolation.

We will be working with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to educate and direct travellers back to their homes under the terms of the Act. We appreciate the cooperation of the public as we continue to make the safety of our community the top priority.

How do I report an individual/business in violation of the above-mentioned Orders?

To report any violations of the above-mentioned Orders that have occurred in the City of Cornwall, please call 613-932-2110. 

If reporting individual who fail to comply with the mandatory quarantine order, calls should be limited to information regarding travellers who arrived in Canada after midnight on March 25th, 2020 and who are failing to remain in self-isolation.


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