At a November 18 conference, Paul Morrison, Brampton’s Director of Enforcement and Bylaw Services, provided an update on the latest charges issued in the City of Brampton and announced that officers responded to over 400 COVID-19 related calls this past week alone.
“I can tell you since the shift to the red zone over the past week, we have been quite busy,” said Morrison.
The Region of Peel recently entered the ‘Red-Control’ level as part of the Ontario government’s framework in the fight against COVID-19.
While Ontario’s “Red-Control” level still permits indoor dining, only a maximum of 10 people per establishment are allowed.
In terms of social gatherings and organized public events, limits remain a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
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“This week, our officers alone responded to 451 COVID-related service calls. Of that, 372 were calls from the public and 147 were proactive investigations by our officers that had resulted in 15 warnings for charges,” said Morrison.
According to Morrison, since the beginning of the pandemic in March, they have had a total of 6,741 complaints from the public.
“We’ve conducted 41,417 proactive investigations for a total of 48,158 investigations. Of that, we’ve issued 1,573 warnings and 945 charges were issued,” said Morrison.
“I can tell you this weekend when our officers attended social gatherings at private residences, we found that most were in compliance, so we were happy with that.”
Morrison stated that officers also attended 144 firework-related complaints and gatherings where people were celebrating. Of that, they laid 55 charges and educated the rest about the proper use of fireworks, social distancing and social gatherings.
“When officers conducted their investigations to large crowds, we’ve primarily found them on the plaza lots and the parking lots. We dispersed the crowds, but in conversation with them, we found that lots of people were coming from out of town,” said Morrison.
“We had people from places as far as Strafford, Kingston, London and British Columbia. I need to remind you, with Brampton having an increase in the number of positive cases, now is not the time to be visiting.”
Morrison concluded by stating that charges under the Reopening of Ontario Act for failing to comply with provincial order will be laid for other investigations that have taken place in the city involving situations where large gatherings occurred.