On Friday afternoon, the Government of Ontario announced several new measures aimed at curbing the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

Included in those announced measures were new authorities for police officers under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The Guelph Police Service will review the new regulations once they are released by the Government to determine the most appropriate response in situations where individuals refuse to comply with public health guidelines.  However, it is not our intention to conduct random vehicle or person stops.

As a Service, we are encouraged that the vast majority in our community have taken COVID restrictions seriously. We recognize it has not been easy and sincerely appreciate the community’s willingness and desire to work together.

We will continue to work closely with our City of Guelph and Public Health partners as we work together to support our community. 

As information becomes available we will provide further updates impacting police response and the new measures announced today.