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Muskoka Post Staff
Police services including the OPP are now expected to respond to the Ontario emergency order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
OPP says that under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, there are consequences for individuals and businesses that choose to defy the Act while it is in force.
As a result of the declaration of emergency, the following establishments are required to remain closed until further notice:
• all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery; • all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; • all public libraries; • all private schools; • all licensed child care centres; • all movie cinemas and all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms; and, • all concert venues.
Additionally, all organized public events of over 50 people are prohibited, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship. These orders will remain in place until March 31, 2020, when the province will reassess for an extension or end the closures.
Failing to close businesses and institutions which are stipulated in the emergency order and limit gatherings to 50-people or less will be enforced by police, along with set fines from $750 for failing to comply with an order to $500,000 for corporations that fail to close as ordered by the province.
If you believe an individual or business is slowing efforts to ‘flatten the curve,’ use the OPP online reporting tool at opp.ca/reporting or call 1-888-310-1122.