Bylaw officers laid 10 charges on the weekend for illegal gatherings at private residences in the city, and more charges could be coming as staff work through requests from residents.
Between April 9-11, city bylaw officers responded to 443 requests for service, issuing 16 charges under the provincial emergency orders and the temporary mandatory mask bylaw, Ottawa bylaw and regulatory services (BLRS) director Roger Chapman said in a statement to this newspaper. The 10 charges for illegal gatherings were also issued under the provincial emergency orders.
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Chapman says due to “extremely high call volumes,” additional requests for service from residents are “still under investigation and charges may be pending.”
“Enforcement of COVID-19 related offences is largely conducted on a complaint-based basis. Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 and file a report when they believe public health is at risk. After a call is placed with 3-1-1, BLRS conducts a follow up based on the information provided and investigates and issues warnings or charges, as appropriate,” he said.
“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone. BLRS continues to use their discretion where possible. However, those who fail to cooperate and comply will be fined in accordance with the regulations set out in the TMMB (temporary mandatory mask bylaw) and Provincial Orders.”
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