Timmins Police broke up two large parties on the weekend, and now communications coordinator Marc Depatie says officers will start enforcing provisions of the Emergency Measures Act.

“The educational approach that we had did pay dividends in terms of public compliance in the early stages of COVID,” he says. “But events this past weekend indicate that there’s been a bit of a backslide.”

Both parties were attended by teenagers and young adults.

On Friday night, it was at a home on Mountjoy Street South, and went well above the ten-person indoor limit.  Then on Saturday, about 60 people were at a pit party at Cowboy Lake, off Pine Street South.

No charges were laid, but Depatie says they will, be moving forward.  Fines can hit a thousand dollars.

“Our point of view now is that perhaps we have to be more stern in order to maintain the level of compliance that we did enjoy earlier.”

Set fines for first offences under the Emergency Measures Act:

  • fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency: $750;

  • obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency: $1,000; and

  • obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency: $1,000.

-Source: Timmins Police Service