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Brockville Police and COVID-19

Brockville Police and COVID-19

Brockville – Brockville Police and the City of Brockville are asking residents to do their part in combating the spread of COVID-19. Remember that following direction from health authorities can help save lives.

“The priority of the Brockville Police is to ensure our community and our members are safe during this pandemic,” says Brockville Police Chief Scott Fraser. “We recognize that this is a stressful time, with many people feeling a sense of uncertainty and instability within our community. Take comfort in knowing that we continue to respond to emergency calls for service, pursue investigations, maintain traffic enforcement, and proactively patrol to ensure the safety of our community.”

What’s enforceable?

The following violations can result in a charge under the Quarantine Act or Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA):

• Offences relating to non-essential businesses that remain open, in contravention of the EMCPA
• Offences relating to organized public events and social gatherings of more than 5 people, in contravention of the EMCPA

• Violations of the Quarantine Act where an individual does not abide by mandatory 14-day self-isolation
• Prohibited use of a playground and park amenities in Brockville

What’s essential?

The following additional directions from health authorities are considered to be essential in combating the spread of COVID-19 but are, at this point, currently not enforceable under the Quarantine Act or EMCPA.

• Physical (social) distancing of the recommended 2 meters (6 feet)
• Sanitary actions like hand-washing, sanitizing surfaces or coughing/sneezing into one’s arm
• Avoiding non-essential travel including visits to those outside of your household

This City reminds residents as we move into the Easter long weekend to adhere to physical distancing directions and stay at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart at all times while walking through City parks or using City trails. Use of any closed park amenities, including playground equipment, benches, basketball and other sports courts, is prohibited and enforceable.

Reporting enforceable infractions Call Brockville Police non-emergency line at 613-342-0127 for:

• Organized public or social gatherings of more than 5 people
• Use of outdoor recreational amenities (e.g. basketball court, soccer field, park bench, park picnic table, playground structures)

Starting Saturday April 11th the Brockville Police will have special constables responding to COVID-19 related complaints. These officers will be patrolling City Parks and facilities. The officers will have the same enforcement powers as regular officers.

Submit a complaint to Public Health for:

• Non-essential businesses that are open
• Essential businesses that are not compliant
• Self-isolation for returning travelers, under the Quarantine Act

Health Unit Phone Line

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has phone lines open for the public to call:

The main number to call is 1-800-660-5853. General COVID-19 Enquiries – Extension 2499, available 7 days a week, from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Other useful numbers:

If you own or operate a business and you have questions about essential versus non-essential business; you can call 1-888-444-3659.

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