Prince Edward OPP continue to educate and enforce during Emergency Management Act

Officers with the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment continue to collaborate with its partners to ensure community safety during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

In collaboration with County of Prince Edward Bylaw and Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, OPP members have been investigating allegations of individuals and businesses defying the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

On Wednesday, officers investigated multiple allegations that a non-essential business remained open. Following an investigation, the owner of a nail salon in Picton was warned by officers to close the business and local public health authorities were notified.

On Good Friday, officers responded to a reported gathering on County Road 15 in Sophiasburgh Ward. Police educated the group about the potential impacts of defying the province-wide emergency orders currently in place.

Finally, on Easter Sunday, officers received a report of a gathering at an address on Downes Avenue. Although the group had dispersed upon officer arrival, officers confirmed this was the case and warned the parties that congregating in a group of more than five unrelated people violates the emergency order.

Residents of Prince Edward County can contact the County’s COVID-19 help line at 1-833-676-2148 to speak directly with County staff who can connect them with volunteers who can deliver food and other essentials items, inform of critical community services and transportation options as well as provide sources of accurate and reliable public health information.

“We remind everyone that ‘flattening the curve’ requires us to work together to ensure the current short-term restrictions are in place no longer than necessary,” said Prince Edward OPP Community Safety and Public Relations officer Constable Aaron Miller.