Province bans gatherings of more than five people

The Town of Saugeen Shores and Saugeen Shores Police Service are notifying the public of a new provincial mandate now in effect, which bans gatherings of more than five people. Local authorities stress that this new restriction, along with other provincial and federal orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, is enforceable by law.

The new emergency order, issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective as of March 28, 2020. The latest measure does not apply to essential workers, childcare facilities and families. Funerals will be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

“Being in a large group is not acceptable during this time,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau.“Residents must comply with orders set by the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, as well as the provincial and federal governments.”

“The Saugeen Shores Police Service is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of the community and of the members of the Service who continue to selflessly serve,” said Police Chief Mike Bellai, Saugeen Shores Police Service. “The introduction of the newest legislation provides the police the authority to, if necessary, enforce the ban of gatherings of more than five that are not exempt under the legislation.”

“Thank you to the community for working together as we move through these uncertain times,” added Chief Bellai.

In addition to the latest news from the province, local officials also wish to address concerns of people socializing in large groups, panic shopping and disrespecting frontline workers in essential roles throughout the community.

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“I ask every resident to act with kindness, compassion and respect toward one another during these unprecedented times,” said Mayor Charbonneau. “We need to show united support for each and every one of our essential frontline workers, because we cannot get through this emergency without them.”


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