By-Law Officers Collaborate with Police for COVID-19 Education

April 3, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – City of Cornwall by-law officers have been given the ability to enforce new rules under the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act related to physical distancing.


By-law officers will work in collaboration with Cornwall Police Service officers to educate residents and businesses about the importance of public health and social/physical distancing.

On March 28, 2020 the Ontario government issued a new emergency order prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Further, health authorities are urging residents to maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other.

Effective immediately, by-law officers will proactively monitor and respond to calls related to:

  • Gatherings of five or more people in public areas
  • People congregating in parks/using park facilities or equipment, including play structures, sports fields/courts/diamonds, benches, skateboard parks, and outdoor gyms
  • Restaurants that continue to offer dine-in services
  • Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate

Complaints of individuals or businesses failing to comply with the emergency orders can be reported directly to the Cornwall Police Service by calling 613-932-2110.

For additional information on COVID-19, please contact the following phone numbers:

  • 1-888-444-3659: Stop the Spread Business Information Line
  • 613-933-6282 ext. 3129: City of Cornwall Community Resource Helpline
  • 1-800-267-7120: Eastern Ontario Health Unit

To learn more about how the Cornwall Police Service is responding to COVID-19, please click here.

To learn more about how the City of Cornwall is responding to COVID-19, please click here.


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