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North Bay Police Chief says most are following COVID-19 protocols

'We have handled a lot of what we call other provincial offences and those are directly related to the provincial orders that are in place and we have only laid one charge to date'
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Police Chief Scott Tod thanks the majority of the community for its handling of the COVID-19 protocols that have been in place since last March.  

"I have to complement our community overall," Tod told reporters Tuesday afternoon.  

"I think across our community of North Bay and Callander people have followed much to what has been given to them in the way of provincial orders about assembly, number of people, where they assemble, when they assemble. That is just what I have seen."

But that does not mean the service is not getting multiple calls daily from residents or businesses complaining about people breaking COVID-19 rules.   

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To this point, the police service has only handed out one $880 COVID-19 ticket for breaking the emergency management and Civil Protection Act.    

"We have handled a lot of what we call other provincial offences and those are directly related to the provincial orders that are in place and we have only laid one charge to date," noted Tod about the ticket handed out in late April.  

"We have given out many warnings across the community but we have never had to go back and give a second or third warning in those instances and the vast majority of people followed what has been issued in regards to the management orders across our city."

While more tickets have not been handed out, Tod says that does not mean they are not enforcing COVID-19 rules. 

"We continue with our community patrols, we do go into businesses, we do inspect, we do an audit, we try to manage the orders across the city and I'd like to thank the businesses and the establishments and citizens of North Bay for their continued cooperation," he said. 

"I think personally we have a lot further to go and they just recently announced the continuation of the border closure so I think we are at least another 30 days in regards to our orders that are being given to the police services to enforce across the province."


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