21 fines issued in London, Ont. to those breaching coronavirus measures over the weekend

The City of London is urging residents to do their part to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and for those who don’t, a hefty fine could await them.

City bylaw officers issued 21 provincial offence notices over the weekend to people breaching closures of outdoor recreation areas. The city’s outdoor play structures — including playgrounds, skate parks and multi-use courts, municipal sports fields, community gardens, off-leash dog parks, and golf courses — were closed in response to orders from the province under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

In a release, the city says the fines were a result of proactive patrolling of outdoor recreation spaces and complaints received to the city’s new COVID-19 tipline.

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According to the city, failing to correctly identify oneself can result in a $750 fine for failing to comply with an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act or a $1,000 fine for “obstructing any person in exercising a power” if a bylaw officer issues a ticket.

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