Reopening Ontario Act Charge Laid In Chatham

Wednesday April 21st, 2021

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A Chatham woman has been charged after organizing two protests against COVID-19 restrictions in Chatham.

Police say that on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 they responded to the report of a demonstration at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Grand Avenue in Chatham. Through investigation, police observed approximately 30 people gathering in protest to the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Provincial Government on April 16th, 2021.

Police spoke with the organizer of the event regarding the current restrictions surrounding social gatherings in an effort to educate everyone.

On Sunday, April 18th, 2021 police again responded to the same intersection for another demonstration, this time with approximately 50 people in attendance. Police again spoke with the same organizer.

Tuesday night, the organizer, a 43-year-old Chatham woman was charged with failing to comply with a continued 7.0.2 order as per Ontario Regulation 364/20, of the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, section 10(1).

She will be required to attend Provincial Offences Court on May 26th, 2021.

“Our primary goal is to engage and educate our community in an effort to seek compliance with enforcement being used as a last resort. Gatherings such as this not only jeopardize public safety but contradict the law, therefore those responsible must be held accountable,” says Chief Gary Conn.

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