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Fort Frances men charged with violating Quarantine Act

Fort Frances men charged with violating Quarantine Act

Created: June 16, 2020 09:49 AM

Two men from Fort Frances have been charged with violating Canada's Quarantine Act after allegedly failing to remain at home for two weeks following a visit to the United States.

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Ontario Provincial Police say the men, ages 19 and 62, returned to Canada from the U.S. on June 1.  However, police say the men were observed at a boat launch before their quarantine had ended.

The men have been charged with failing to comply with the Quarantine Act, which carries a potential fine of $1,000 (Canadian) plus a $135 surcharge.

OPP Sgt. Ann McEwen said when individuals enter Canada from another country, a plan outlining the quarantine is established with Canada Border Services and the OPP then conducts compliance checks.

"Individuals are reminded that while under quarantine order, there is no exception to leave the quarantine until the 14 days are complete. Any goods and services must be delivered to the location of quarantine during the 14 days if required," said OPP Sgt. Ann McEwen in a news release.

The OPP said these are the first Quarantine Act charges filed in the Rainy River District.

The police news release did not say why the two men had been in the U.S.  The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March.

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