Recently, Chatham-Kent police received information that a local man had recently returned from the United States and was failing to comply with the mandatory 14-day self-isolation order as per the federal Quarantine Act.
Through investigation, police learned that the man travelled to Florida and returned to Canada on July 10, via Pearson International Airport, making him bound by the Quarantine Act until July 24.
During this time, police say the man failed to self-isolate and potentially exposed not only his family and friends, but several members of the community.
CKent Public Health is investigating.
Last night, the Chatham-Kent Police Service charged a 41-year-old Chatham man with failing to comply with an order, contrary to section 58 of the federal Quarantine Act. He was issued a fine of $1,130.
“It is certainly unfortunate and disheartening that anyone would place themselves and more importantly others at risk by not following the simple direction provided to them in respect to self-quarantine. In order for us to mitigate this pandemic, a collaborative approach is going to be required by all of us and I would please request that everyone does their part to ensure this occurs,” Chief Gary Conn said in a media release.