(Wendy Gray, mykemptvillenow.com staff)
The Grenville County OPP is advising you to stay the course when it comes to the province’s stay-at-home orders.
With the provincial state of emergency extended to February 9, and the stay-at-home order in place until February 11th, the local OPP is commending the community for the job it’s done so far in abiding by public health guidelines.
OPP Sergeant Annie Collins says since the order began, they haven’t had many problems getting residents to comply.
“Everyone is kind of in this together right now and we’re really trying to support our public health systems,” Collins said. “They’re the ones obviously who bear the brunt of this at the end of the day. So, most people are really trying to do their best to protect themselves and everyone around them.”
Collins says most of the questions they’ve received have been about what people can and cannot do during the order.
Most reports have involved residents inquiring whether their neighbours have been in violation.
“We haven’t had any charges, we’ve had two warnings so far,” Collins said. “If you look at the entire east region since 2021 started, there’s been 17 charges. So, we’re doing really well.”
The OPP is still keeping an eye out for violators and Collins adds you can be charged anywhere between $750-to-$100,000 for breaking the rules.
She says for the sake of everyone’s safety, just stay home.
“We’re urging people to try and comply as best they can. I know how hard it is, everyone is stuck at home, I have kids at home, homeschooling. There are different challenges. Just be kind to yourself and others and hopefully, we’ll see a light at the end of the tunnel this year.”
If you have concerns that someone is not following the stay-at-home order, Collins says you should report it to bylaw or local police at 1-888-310-1122.