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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.

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.

 

Resources:

To view a list of emergency orders in place by the Government of Ontario, click here.

For information on emergency orders in place by the Medical Officer of Health of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, click here. 

For information on the federal Quarantine Act, click here. 

 

City of Cornwall - Helpline: 613-932-6282 ext. 3129

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Government of Ontario 

 

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