**** Via Cape Breton Regional Police
CBRP issued 42 Summary Offence tickets over the 4-day holiday weekend, for violating provincial COVID-19 orders.
Officers responded to numerous complaints of group gatherings, where 26 individuals at 6 different residences were charged for Failing to Comply with the Health Protection Act for not Social Distancing. And, a Marine Atlantic passenger arriving from Newfoundland was charged for Failing to Comply with the Health Protection Act for not Self-Isolating as required upon entering Nova Scotia; once officers determined the individual had no confirmed place to stay in the area, they sent the passenger on the ferry back to Newfoundland.
All other tickets were issued for various observed instances of failing to social distance under the Health Protection Act, as well as one violation under the Emergency Management Act for parking to attend a closed beach area.
To date, Cape Breton Regional Police have now ticketed a total of 66 violations under the provincial State of Emergency and have now received more than 500 COVID-related calls concerning the provincial orders.
Police will continue enforcing compliance with provincial health and emergency directions and strongly advise the public to educate themselves on orders issued by the Chief Medical Officer (www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus) for all Nova Scotians to help address the and limit the pandemic spread of COVID-19. Thank you to those citizens who continue to follow direction and rules for protecting yourself and the community; if you have information about individuals not following the provincial orders, please report it to the non-emergency police dispatch number at 902-563-5151.