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Declaration of an Emergency

This is NOT an indication of the spread of illness in these areas. Instead, it allows them to pro-actively respond to the pandemic. The formal declaration provides municipalities with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of local residents. It often streamlines the decision-making process so they can act as quickly as possible when they need to. Declaring an emergency also helps to emphasize the seriousness of the pandemic for residents.

Quarantine Act or Emergency Measure Protection Act

The following violations can result in a charge under the Quarantine Act or Emergency

  • Offences relating to non-essential businesses that remain open (by-law or local police)
  • Offences relating to organized public events and social gatherings of more than 10 people (by-law or local police)
  • Prohibited use of playground or park amenities (by-law or local police)
  • Violation of the mandatory 14 day isolation if returning to Canada (police)

If you wish to report a public gathering of more than 10 people, the use of outdoor recreation amenities, or a non-essential business that remains open, you can call your local municipal by-law officer or your local police service’s non-emergency line.

Violations of the Quarantine Act for those who have returned to Canada can be reported to your local police service.

  • OPP: 1-888-310-1122
  • Brockville Police Service: 613-342-0127
  • Smiths Falls Police Service: 613-283-0357
  • Gananoque Police Service: 613-382-4422

If you have a complaint regarding safe distancing practices of a business that is open – call the Health Unit and a Public Health Inspector will follow up: 1-800-660-5853 extension 2308.

Even though public health directions of physical distancing, frequent hand washing and limiting travel are essential to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – you cannot report someone for not abiding by these directions. This is a stressful time for everyone. Practicing kindness and working to manage our own actions is essential.

Guidance for Municipalities

  • Each municipality is in charge of opening their own facilities that have been identified in the Stage 2 re-opening.
  • Visit our COVID-19 and Municipalities section for more information about parks, pools, and summer camps.