Shelley Bechard, head of COVID – 19 dispatch says, “The municipal tip line is working well. We understand sometimes it is difficult to make the call to report a violation, but we appreciate the effort from everyone who is helping to keep our community safe.“

When reporting a violation, we would ask that callers be factual with the information they are providing and if possible have the address of where the violation is taking place. This information helps the enforcement team with their investigation.

Because this is an ever-evolving situation, the tip line can be used for general questions regarding COVID-19 or for those individuals who would like clarification on the restrictions.

Currently the enforcement team has responded to over 600 concerns. From those concerns, 169 warnings have been given and 1 charge has been laid.

“Based on these numbers the majority of citizens are listening,” said Paul Lacina, Director of Building Development Services. “Although we continue to educate, we are past the point where it is acceptable for people to ignore the State of Emergency and the rules that go along with it. Fines will be laid to those in violation”

Residents of Chatham-Kent concerned that a person or business is violating physical distancing orders can call municipal tip line at 519-360-1998 or Covid19enforcement@chatham-kent.ca.

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Media Contact:
Paul Lacina CBO
Director
Building Development Services
519-360-1998 x 3240
519-436-3215 Fax
315 King Street West, Chatham, ON N7M 5K8
paull@chatham-kent.ca

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer
Community Development
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
124 Thames Street, Chatham, ON N7M 5K8
Email: andrewt@chatham-kent.ca
Phone: 519.352.8401 x2039
Fax: 519.436.3237