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Police to make sure businesses are complying with emergency order

They could face substantial fines
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Waterloo Regional Police headquarters
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NEWS RELEASE
WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE
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In response to COVID-19, the Waterloo Regional Police Service will assist the Region of Waterloo Public Health with ensuring all non-essential businesses comply with mandatory closures.

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government made a declaration of a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Effective Tuesday, March 24,2020, at 11:59 p.m., the Ontario Government issued an order to have all non-essential workplaces close for a minimum of 14 days.

"As we continue to witness a rise in COVID-19 cases globally, nationally, and locally, we must all do our part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19," said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. "WRPS continues to work collaboratively with Region of Waterloo Public Health, Emergency Services, our community partners and various levels of government to ensure the safety of everyone in Waterloo Region. We thank all businesses in our community for doing their part to keep our community safe."

Any corporation that fails to comply with the order could face fines up to $10,000,000. Directors and officers of a corporation that fails to comply with the order could face fines up to $500,000.

To report non-compliance with businesses, please contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400.

When required, members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service will attend to assist Public Health with compliance enforcement. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service remains committed to providing essential services throughout Waterloo Region.

We encourage everyone to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. Help us flatten the curve by practicing physical distancing and staying at home.

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