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North Bay (Ontario), Jul 15 (Canadian-Media): A senior couple from Florida, United States (US) has been charged by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for not self-isolating after entering Canada, said OPP, media reports said.
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OPP had been alerted on July 9 by Public Health Agency of Canada to do a compliance check under the Quarantine Act in East Ferris Towns, east of North Bay, Ontario.
Upon going to North Bay, OPP found that the senior couple 68-year-old and 70-year-old from Florida U.S. had entered Canada in Fort Erie July 3 and had not followed with the mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement upon entering Canada.
The couple had been charged with failure to comply with Section 58 of the Quarantine Act, which puts limitations and conditions on entrance into Canada, said Staff Sgt. William McMullen and added it's concerning to hear of people not following the rules.
"Especially when the people are travelling from very high risk areas," he said.
Florida had recorded more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday which broke the record for the highest daily increase in the U.S.
"So it's a great concern and we obviously take those concerns very seriously. In this circumstance, we deemed it appropriate to lay the appropriate charges," said McMullen.
The couple was also each issued a Provincial Offence Notice that includes a fine of $1,000, and if convicted , the maximum penalty would be $750,000 and/or six months in prison.
The couple's self-isolation is being strictly monitored by The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
This is the first case dealt with by the health unit where individuals have not self isolated, said Ashley Lengyel, public health nurse.