Huron Perth Public Health issues class order to ensure residents follow pandemic instructions
KITCHENER -- The medical officer of health for Huron Perth Public Health has issued a class order after what she says has been a lack of adherence when it comes to some residents following instructions.
The class order under Section 22 of the Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act came into effect on Sunday.
Public health says the key focus of the order is to ensure people who have been told to self-isolate or quarantine by health officials are doing so.
"They're losing their energy and their ability to adhere," said Dr. Miriam Klassen during a Sunday morning news briefing.
Under the order, those who do not comply can be give a $750 ticket with fines reaching up to $5,000 per day.
“Our case and contact investigators are finding more and more people who are not willing to adhere to our instructions to self-isolate,” Klassen was quoted in a media release. “This is not acceptable, as it threatens the health of other members of the community as well as increases the potential to overwhelm our healthcare system.
“This Order gives us the authority to charge people who will not follow our instructions.”
The medical officer warnings that if people continue to go against self-isolation instructions, Huron Perth will move from orange level restrictions to red.
Huron Perth Public Health also released a Section 22 order in July to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on farms with migrant workers.