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OPP charge couple for failing to quarantine

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Police responded to a call from the Public Health Agency of Canada and were asked to perform a compliance check in East Ferris on July 9th.

North Bay OPP Sergeant Carrie Morgan says that officers change their approach when responding to potential COVID-19 violations.

“We maintain our distance and wear personal protective equipment (PPE). We can also ask the person to come outside and talk to us to maintain our safety,” says Morgan.

Morgan also mentions that the call has not been a common one.

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“In our area, there haven’t been a whole lot of these types of calls.”

After an investigation, officers found that that the couple had travelled from Florida through Fort Erie to a vacation property and did not self-isolate for the required 14 days.

Each were handed a provincial offence notice and a $1,000 fine. The couple, 68 and 70 years old,  is now in quarantine being monitored by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

The Quarantine Act has been in effect since March and requires any person who enters the country to self-isolate for 14 days.

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