“The tip line is working well and we have the public to thank for that. People are taking this seriously and using it to inform us about concerns,” said Paul Lacina, Director of Building Development Services. “We’re approaching the tips as an opportunity to inform. So far we have focused on education and have not issued any tickets.”

Enforcement officials are instructed to take a fair and reasonable approach when it comes to breaking up social gatherings and working with business owners.

The tip line is also helping to ease the burden on the 911 system, which is meant for emergency services calls only.

“We don’t want people calling the police if they see people gathering for a party, kids playing in a park, or a non-essential business open. They just need to need to call the tip line,” said Travis Maxwell, Supervisor of the Covid-19 Enforcement Team with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. This is about keeping our friends, family, and community safe.”

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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Additional Details:

 

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