Joint statement from Guelph Police Service, City of Guelph and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Guelph, Ont., January 13, 2021 - The provincial government is calling for more enforcement of public health and safety measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario and expected to be in place until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Most people are following guidelines – thank you

Thankfully, most people in Guelph have been following the guidelines and doing their part to protect themselves, their families and our community. All the changes to gathering limits, essential businesses, rules for schools, shopping, restaurants, sports and recreation have been overwhelming. But most people understand the underlying idea is to reduce contact with people they don’t live with.

Now, hospitals and healthcare workers across Ontario are struggling. They need every one of us doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, so we have beds, doctors and nurses available to care for people with other illnesses.

Updated emergency orders

Guelph Police and Bylaw officers are now authorized to:

  • Disperse or issue tickets/fines for indoor gatherings involving people who don’t live together
  • Disperse or issue tickets/fines for outdoor gatherings of more than five people who don’t live together
  • Issue tickets/fines to people who refuse to wear a mask or face covering as required indoors and on public transit

While we have new tools to enforce provincial orders, we know people may be unaware or confused about what is or isn’t permitted. Local police and bylaw officers are hoping people will cooperate voluntarily, but are prepared to issue fines as appropriate.

Proactive and responsive approach

As a start, Guelph Bylaw officers will focus on ensuring large retail stores are in compliance with new emergency orders, and reminding people that masks or face coverings are required on Guelph Transit. Bylaw officers will also respond to concerns about large gatherings.

We want people to get out for work, groceries, healthcare and exercise as needed. There is no requirement for everyone to be home at a certain time of day.

Guelph Police and Bylaw officers may disperse crowds, but will not randomly stop people while they’re out driving, walking, running, cycling, skating etc.

Set fines

  • Failure to comply could result in a $750 fine
  • Obstructing anyone from performing an activity could result in a $1000 fine
  • Obstructing anyone from perform their duty could result in a $10,000 fine

Report a concern

Learn more about Ontario's enhanced public health and workplace safety measures

To report a concern about gatherings or business not following COVID-19 guidelines

Provincial regulations

Provincial emergency order O Reg. 82/20 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17

Provincial stay-at-home order O Reg. 11/21 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9

Media contacts

Scott Tracey, Media Relations Coordinator
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7190

Stacey Hare, Corporate Communications and Customer Service
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2611

Danny Williamson, Communications Specialist
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
1-800-265-7293 extension 4376

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 requires everyone in Guelph to work together to protect everyone’s safety. The Guelph Police Service is working round-the-clock with other first responder partners, medical and social services personnel, government and health authorities to keep all members of our community safe and informed.  

If You Have Questions or Concerns About Organized Public Events and Social Gathering:

Please call:

  • City of Guelph Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement at 519-837-2529; or
  • Guelph Police Service non-emergency phone line at 519-824-1212.

Each situation will be assessed, and generally, the process will start with educating those failing to adhere to the law and progressive steps towards enforcement may be taken, if necessary.

If You Have Questions or Concerns About Price Gouging:

Please file a report online regarding your concerns about price gouging.

If You Have Questions or Concerns About Returning Travelers Failing To Self-Isolate For 14 Days:

Please call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health at 1-800-265-7293.

COVID-19 Information:

To keep yourself informed, credible information on COVID-19 may be found by visiting the following websites:

The Guelph Police Service:

The Guelph Police Service station located at 15 Wyndham Street South is closed for non-emergency services until further notice. In order to best protect our community and our members, please refrain from attending the station in person unless you have an emergency situation that cannot be dealt with over the phone at 519-824-1212.

For emergencies please call 911.

For non-emergencies please report online on our website or call 519-824-1212.

For online police record check applications, please visit our Police Check website.

For online Freedom Of Information requests, please view our Freedom of Information form.