As we roll into the province’s first weekend under a new stay at home order, Ontario’s Provincial Police shared a message to the public. 

Ontarians are being asked by the OPP to voluntarily comply with the stay-at-home order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The OPP wanted to remind everyone that officers will enforce the order, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection, and the Reopening Ontario Acts. 

They will be focusing on non-compliance in businesses and restaurants, complaints from the public and outdoor gatherings of more than five people. 

If found to be in non-compliance, an officer can disperse and fine individuals up to $100,000 and corporations up to $10 million.  

Keeping in mind that failure to comply with the rules can result in prosecution or jail time.

The OPP also reminds Ontarians that officers will not arbitrarily stop a person or vehicle or enter a dwelling for the singular purpose of checking compliance with the order. 

No one is expected to provide proof of essential work but officers can ask you to identify yourself if they have reasonable grounds to believe you are violating the order.

The OPP also says that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only, and the stay at home order does not count as one. 

If you have questions about the order, please visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

For non-emergencies, such as allegations of non-compliance, you can reach the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 (toll-free in Ontario).