Life in Canada just got a little less social. In an announcement from RCMP, it was confirmed that people and businesses who break new COVID-19 social distancing rules could receive seriously hefty fines. For members of the public, a $2,000 fine could be just around the corner.
The RCMP has confirmed that fines will now be in place for those failing to follow the latest COVID-19 protocols in these Provinces: Ontario, Prince Edward Island,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut,.
“Although voluntary compliance is always preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), there are consequences for individuals and businesses that choose to defy the Act while it is in force,” CBC News.
While the majority of people are complying with the latest rules,the RCMP says that many others continue to ignore them.
For individuals, fines can range from $1,500 to $2,000, while businesses and corporations could face a bill of up to $500,000 for breaking the new social distancing protocol.
These rules will remain in place until at least March 31, but it’s possible they could be extended further.
The state of emergency that was declared on March 17 immediately closed down many of the province’s public facilities, including libraries, schools, childcare centres, bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
This comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to be diagnosed across all provinces of Canada.
The provincials chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, said this number is likely to keep rising after March break.