Police to Enforce Orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Published by Stephanie MacRae

Published on 2020-03-18

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 two Orders that will protect the public and reduce the harmful spread of COVID-19. The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) will be enforcing these two 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 to be closed as of March 17th, 2020 until March 31st, 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.

Additionally, based on advice received from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, all organized public events of over fifty (50) people are hereby prohibited including parades and events and communal services within places of worship.

Any individual or corporation who fails to comply with the Orders identified above will be subject to an offence under Section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA for failing to comply with the Order or interfering or obstructing any person in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty, conferred by an order under that subsection. Additionally, these individuals may be arrested in contravention of Section 129 of the Criminal Code for the obstruction of justice and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

Note that in any of these circumstances, under section 7.0.11(2), a person is guilty of a separate offence on each day that an offence under section 7.0.11(1) occurs or continues.

The Cornwall Police Service will be actively enforcing these Orders, and is reminding all individuals and businesses indicated within these Orders to cease operations immediately in the interest of public safety.

For more information on the Provincial Emergency Declaration, please click here. 

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