Students in O-Town should expect to see plenty of law enforcement officers this year. Police have confirmed there will be an “increased presence” of officers around Ottawa campuses this year, ensuring all students are following the City’s COVID-19 rules. Those caught breaking them could face fines of up to $880.\nNext week, students enrolled at Algonquin College, La Cite Collegiale, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa will return to campus.\nAnd, according to local police, they won’t be the only ones.\nThis year, due to the pandemic, Ottawa police and the bylaw enforcement team will also be heading for college and university campuses.\nEditor's Choice: A Positive Case Of COVID-19 Was Just Reported At A Winners Near Toronto\nPolice Chief Peter Sloly confirmed on Wednesday that the City is deploying significant resources to ensure COVID-19 rules are being followed.\nAs well as wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces, students will be required to limit outdoor gatherings to 100 people, and indoor gatherings to 50 people.\nFailure to comply could result in fines of up to $880.\n"That is a very expensive fine for hosting a party that's gotten out of control with far too many people," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.\nWelcome back @AlgonquinColleg, @Carleton_U @CollegeLaCite and @uOttawa students! Please remember to do your part to follow provincial orders.They are in place for your safety. https://t.co/ljzZE8xdnFDon’t forget your mask. https://t.co/RxjVjpDVm2 #OttCity pic.twitter.com/mIiFPyzjtT— Ottawa By-law (@OttawaBylaw) September 2, 2020\nIt's large parties and significant gatherings that officials are particularly concerned with.\n"This is a very different and difficult year for everyone, and I encourage all students in Ottawa to please be respectful of one another, not to hold these mass parties off campus at your homes," he said.\nThose monitoring campuses for rule-breakers will include police officers, Ottawa bylaw and on-site security.\nView this post on Instagram New Neighbourhood Resource Team begins mid-August in the #Bayshore area. We are pleased to announce that we will be launching our fifth Neighbourhood Resource Team (NRT - @ottawapolicenrt), this one in the Bayshore area, starting August 17th. “The Bayshore NRT was originally scheduled to launch in the Fall, but considering recent shooting incidents in the area, and the fact that more officers are already there conducting proactive patrols, we felt it was important to get this new NRT operating sooner,” said Acting Deputy Chief Jamie Dunlop. “We have had great success with the program so far in other neighbourhoods in Ottawa and we are hoping that by focusing our resources in Bayshore it will help to reduce a recent uptick in street violence in the area.” A sixth NRT in Centretown will be launched in the Fall of 2020. For more information, please visit ottawapolice.ca/NRT. ~ Le Service de police d’Ottawa (SPO) est heureux d’annoncer qu’il mettra en œuvre sa cinquième Équipe de ressources de quartier (ERQ), cette fois-ci dans le secteur Bayshore, à compter du 17 août prochain. « L’ERQ de Bayshore devait d’abord faire ses débuts à l’automne, mais compte tenu de fusillades survenues récemment dans les environs, et du fait qu’un plus grand nombre d’agents s’y trouvent déjà, menant des patrouilles préventives, nous avons estimé important d’activer plus tôt cette nouvelle équipe », indique le chef-adjoint intérimaire Jamie Dunlop. « Le programme a connu énormément de succès jusqu’ici dans d’autres quartiers d’Ottawa et nous espérons qu’en concentrant nos ressources à Bayshore, on saura contribuer à enrayer une récente recrudescence de la violence de rue dans le secteur. » Une sixième ERQ sera instaurée au Centre-ville à l’automne 2020. Pour de plus amples détails, consultez le ottawapolice.ca/ERQ. A post shared by Ottawa Police Service (@ottawapolice) on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:18am PDT\nThe increased presence of law enforcement comes as more and more young people in Ottawa are being diagnosed with COVID-19.\nThe mayor, speaking on Wednesday, said people under 30 are now the largest group contracting the illness.\n"Of the nearly 3,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, those 30 and under make up almost 900 of those cases,” he said.\n“This group includes many college and university groups."\nIf you’re returning to campus this year, things are definitely going to look a little different!\nStay safe, Ottawa.\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.