Organizers of private gatherings that exceed limits can be fined $10,000

Individuals at a private gathering can be ticketed $750

Throughout the pandemic, Cobourg Police Service (CPS) has taken an educational approach enacting the four E’s (Engage, Explain, Educate, and Enforce), working with individuals, groups, and businesses to gain compliance with evolving rules.

CPS asks the community to follow all the provincial guidelines for the well-being of the community and to ensure the capacity of the health care system. 

The Cobourg Police will be enforcing violations, issuing tickets to anyone who does not comply with provincial guidelines and restrictions. Those that refuse to comply will be charged accordingly. 

Under the shutdown, everyone must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others and wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin in indoor public spaces (with limited exceptions). 

Shutdown gathering restrictions: 

-It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with. Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. 

-Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than five (5) people. 

“With the current trend in COVID-19 cases across Ontario, violations of set health guidelines pose a threat to public health and safety,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “If residents refuse to comply with the guidelines, they will be charged accordingly without hesitation. We thank those citizens who are doing their part and expect full cooperation as we work together to keep the community healthy and safe. If it is not essential, please stay home.” 

Fines for Shutdown Zone violations include: 

• Fail to Comply with an order: $750 

• Obstruct any Person Exercising a Power in Accordance with an Order: $1,000 

• Obstruct any Person Performing a Duty in Accordance with an Order: $1,000 

• Organizers of private gatherings that exceed gathering limits can receive a minimum fine of $10,000, and individuals can also receive tickets of $750 

A Victim FINE Surcharge is an additional $125 for each of the above charges. 

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