The Ontario Provincial Government announced new Provincial Enforcement Measures to support Ontario Public Health Orders regarding the surge in the number of people infected by COVID-19 and its variant that is occurring across the Province.
The Sarnia Police Service will continue in its efforts to educate and warn the public regarding measures that have been regulated by the Provincial Government to ensure the health and safety of the community. Ultimately, enforcement maybe required when all other measures have failed and violations under the Re-Opening Act of Ontario and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) continue to exist.
At this time, the Sarnia Police Service has no intention of randomly stopping pedestrians or motor vehicles in relation to these Acts but rather will continue its enforcement based on either observed violations or complaints that have been generated by the public.
We truly understand the frustration that the virus and these measures are causing but also realize it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to ensure the safety and well-being of others. Our intention is to use any authority granted in a measured and fair approach with education and warnings as our primary goal. Enforcement will be implemented when all else fails.
We will continue to keep the community updated as these new regulations unfold.