A Florida Couple Was Just Charged For Ignoring Isolation After Entering Ontario
This is not what the province wants to be happening right now. A Florida couple in Ontario have been charged after they allegedly failed to self-isolate for the mandatory 14 days after they came into Canada. The couple violated the law under Canada’s Quarantine Act and have been fined $1,000.
Anyone who travels into Canada right now is required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before they interact or head into public spaces.
According to CBC, Ontario Provincial Police, North Bay detachment, got a call on July 9 from the Public Health Agency of Canada, asking them to do a compliance check in East Ferris Township east of North Bay.
Apparently, the Florida couple came into Canada to enjoy their seasonal property on July 3 and the officers found that the 68-year-old and 70-year-old travellers didn't abide by the 14-day self-isolation.
They were both charged with failing to comply with an order that is prohibiting or subjecting to any condition the entry into Canada which is found under section 58 under the Quarantine Act, according to CBC.
They were each issued a provincial offence notice and a $1,000 fine for violating the law, reports Global News.
Global adds that the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit is handling the matter at the moment, and the couple is being monitored during their isolation period.
The border between the U.S. and Canada is closed right now and any reopening is "a long, long, long way away" according to an infectious disease specialist.
However, even so, this is not the first case of Americans showing up north of the border and not isolating.
In a recent incident, a couple travelling from Minnesota made several stops in an Ontario town after being instructed to drive right to their destination and to stay in the same place for 14 days.
In recent times in some regions, Americans haven't exactly been receiving a warm Canadian welcome.
Some cars spotted in Muskoka with U.S. license plates were being keyed as recently as last month, and the local mayor said people were becoming "vigilantes."
This latest case has attracted particular attention, though, given the huge surge in case numbers Florida has seen in recent weeks.
Premier Doug Ford has repeatedly referenced the Sunshine State's current situation as exactly what Ontario needs to avoid. Ford said Americans have gone "hog wild" in their response to COVID-19.