Visiting a closed park during the Covid-19 pandemic could cost you $100,000, or up to one year in jail. The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) was approved by the Province Tuesday. It means police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law officers have the power to charge you from $750 to one year in jail or up to $100,000.
For businesses that fail to comply to the order or those deemed to be profiting — the director of a corporation could face a $500,000 fine or 10,000,000 for a corporation itself – if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons. Obstructing police or a bylaw officer could land you a $1,000 fine.
You are also now required to identify yourself if charged with breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 outbreak. “By providing provincial offences officers with this temporary power to obtain identifying information under the EMCPA, they will be able to enforce emergency orders during these extraordinary times,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to 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 if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.
Premier Doug Ford extended the declaration of emergency on Tuesday for another two weeks.