The DRPS is encouraging local residents to adhere to the stay-at-home order issued by the provincial government but officers will not be knocking on doors or stopping vehicles for the sole purpose of checking compliance.
The new measures include only gathering indoors with members of your own household, five-person limits for outdoor gatherings and mask requirements when physical distancing is not possible, even when outside.
“Under Ontario’s new stay-at-home order, police do not have the authority to enter a dwelling or stop a vehicle for the singular purpose of checking compliance,” reads a media release issued by the DRPS Friday (Jan. 15).
“The DRPS will continue enforcing non-compliance in partnership with Durham Public Health and local bylaw (officers), issuing tickets when necessary. Those found in violation could face a fine.”
Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, DRPS has issued 16 tickets and laid 11 charges under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 13 tickets and eight charges under the Reopening Ontario Act and five tickets under the Quarantine Act.
Citizens can report non-compliant residents and businesses on through the DRPS website or by calling the non-emergency line at 1-888-579-1520.
“The DRPS will endeavor to respond to these calls in a timely manner, however, our focus continues to be on emergency calls for service,” the media release reads.
“Since March, there have been approximately 3,677 calls for non-compliance issues related to COVID-19. Please continue to avoid prohibited gatherings.”