COVID-19 City of Niagara Falls and Government of Ontario Updates: March 30, 2020
Please note the following City of Niagara Falls COVID-19 updates and service changes, including announcements from the Government of Ontario:
- Transit will be further reducing WEGO Red Line service to and from Table Rock along Niagara Parkway shortly to mitigate non-essential travel to that location and Niagara Parks Commission properties as they are closed at present.
- Schedules are posted online: https://niagarafalls.ca/living/transit/bus-routes.aspx
Ontario Government: Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
- On Saturday, March 28th, the Ontario government issued a new immediate Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people.
- This order doesn’t apply to private households with five people or more.
- It also doesn’t apply to operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people.
- Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.
- This order replaces a previous emergency order which prohibited organized public events of over 50 people.
Municipal Enforcement of Social Gatherings:
- The City of Niagara Falls will continue to monitor and prohibit social gatherings in parks, parking lots, or other vacant areas to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Municipal Enforcement staff will continue to enforce Municipal By-laws, and monitor and disperse any public gathering observed throughout the City.
- Complaints regarding social gatherings more than 5 people on public or private property can be reported to [email protected]
Ontario Government: Unfair Prices for Necessary Goods Order
- The Provincial government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods.
- Individual offenders can face a ticket of $750, or, if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail.
- If convicted, a company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million.
- Consumers can report an individual who is price gouging by filing a complaint at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, or by filing a report online.
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Posted on: 3/30/2020 5:00 PM
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