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COVID-19 - Enforcement & Closures


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Enforcement of Mandatory Closures & Restrictions

The Government of Ontario has closed non-essential businesses, outdoor recreational facilities, & has prohibited gatherings of more than five people, on order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

Restrictions may be expanded or modified by the Government of Ontario. Check their website for the latest updates and detailed information.

 

Government of Ontario (March 30 News Release) - Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

 

Fines can be issued for non-compliance. Enforcement of the provincial order is jointly through the Town's municipal law enforcement & Niagara Regional Police Service.

 

Failing to comply with an emergency order carries a fine of $750 per offense, and up to $1,000 for obstructing those attempting to carry out their duties under the Act.

 

As of April 2, 2020:

 

All non-essential businesses must close.

Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited

  • Social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Strict exceptions include families of more than five people, and child care centres serving essential workers

Outdoor recreational amenities closed

  • Includes all playgrounds (schools & municipal), sports fields, off-leash dog parks, beaches, picnic areas and others
  • Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren’t otherwise closed remain open for walk through access, but physical distancing must be maintained

Who to Call

  • During normal business hours, concerns around enforcement of COVID 19 emergency orders should be directed to the Town of Fort Erie at 905-871-1600 Ext 5216 or submit an online form
  • After 4:30pm, please call Niagara Region’s dispatch line at (905) 984-3690 or 1 (877) 552-5579 for further bylaw response and assistance. Do not call 911.
  • For all COVID 19 health matters and/or inquiries, please call the Public Health hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1 (888) 505-6074 (press option 7 then follow the prompts).

Mandatory Closures, Restrictions and Enforcement
Frequently Asked Questions


Closures and Restrictions

Outdoor recreational amenities are closed:

  • Includes all playgrounds (schools and municipal), sports fields, off-leash dog parks, beaches, picnic areas and others. Green space in parks and trails are open for walkthrough and passive use only.

FAQ: Can I go and sit in the park, or can we gather to visit but maintain 6 feet?

No, you cannot. No gatherings, no use of park amenities like benches/gazebos/pavilions or playground equipment, no congregating, no picnics. To assist with clarifying park amenities and equipment closures, the Town is providing the following information:

  • In following the Province of Ontario order and the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Fort Erie closed all outdoor recreational facilities, including playgrounds, sports fields and off-leash dog parks, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Under the order, all communal or shared, public or private outdoor recreational amenities in Ontario are closed. The list is extensive and includes playgrounds, sports fields and courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters and condo parks.

For Fort Erie, the following playgrounds have been closed and those marked with a * have been fenced off to the public:

  • *AC Douglas Park 1
  • Albert Street Park
  • *Bay Beach
  • Bill Connelly Field
  • *Bowen Road Park
  • *Crystal Beach Waterfront Park
  • *Crystal Ridge Park
  • Douglas Park
  • *Energy Field
  • *Ferndale Park
  • Goderich Street Park
  • *Lion's Sugarbowl Park
  • Madelaine Faiazza Memorial Park
  • Optimist Park
  • Ott Road Park
  • Ridgeway Lions Field
  • *Stevensville Memorial Park
  • *Stevensville Mini Park

In addition, the following regulations are currently in place for the above parks.

  • Residents are not to congregate or linger in parks
  • Residents may run/walk through the park as part of their daily exercise, but discouraged for any other use
  • If using for daily exercise, residents must maintain 6 feet/two meters distance from others
  • Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited
  • Social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Strict exceptions include households of more than five people, and child care centres serving essential workers

FAQ: Can I gather with my neighbours outside, if we maintain 6 feet?

There are no gatherings of five or more people, unless your household is more than five people. Right now, it's more important than ever to stay home unless for an essential outing like the grocery store or pharmacy. This means, even if you maintain 6 feet:

  • no gatherings for bonfires
  • no faith-based holiday extended family/friends meals (Easter, Passover)
  • no happy hours or front porch get-togethers
  • no backyard parties
  • no driveway parties
  • no team street hockey

Non-essential businesses must close

  • Remain open: Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants offering takeout/delivery/curbside pickup, and businesses deemed essential may remain open

FAQ: Can other businesses remain open?

  • While the order requires certain places (i.e., physical locations) of non-essential business to close, it does not require the non-essential businesses to stop operating.
  • The government has encouraged these businesses to continue to operate via alternative and innovative models, including by working online, by telephone, curb side pick-up, or by mail/delivery.

Enforcement

  • Enforcement of the provincial order is being executed jointly through the Town's municipal law enforcement, regional law enforcement and the Niagara Regional Police Service.
  • Not following these directives may result in significant monetary penalties and fines
  • Failing to comply with an emergency order carries a fine of $750 per offense, and up to $1,000 for obstructing those attempting to carry out their duties under the Act.
  • To report a person(s) or business not complying with the Provincial orders or if you have questions of a potential non-compliance, please submit the form below with a detailed description of issue or concern.

FAQ: How do I report a person(s) or business(es) who aren’t being compliant?

  • During normal business hours, concerns around enforcement of COVID 19 emergency orders should be directed to the Town of Fort Erie at 905-871-1600 or submit an online form.
  • After 4:30pm, please call Niagara Region’s dispatch line at (905) 984-3690 or 1 (877) 552-5579 for further bylaw response and assistance. Do not call 911.
  • For all COVID 19 health matters and/or inquiries, please call the Public Health hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1 (888) 505-6074 (press option 7 then follow the prompts).