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    COVID-19 : Application of the Health Emergency Decree by the Chateauguay Police Service

    Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

    Châteauguay, March 25, 2020 – The Service de police de Châteauguay (SPC) would like to issue a reminder about the application of the government decree on a state of health emergency.

    The SPC is asking for public co-operation with the health measures put in place by the Government of Quebec. It is important to comply with the measures imposed, which are changing from day to day. In particular, these exceptional provisions ban all indoor or outdoor gatherings without exception. Police officers have already had to intervene to enforce social distancing.

    The SPC advocates an approach based on public information and awareness raising. The goal is to reinforce the government’s messages and encourage public co-operation.

    While the SPC focuses on a community persuasion approach, police officers have the authority to take coercive measures in the event of a refusal to co-operate.

    Fines could be imposed on recalcitrant people. Under the Public Health Act, police officers can impose fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

    Local patrolling

    The SPC has intensified its patrolling of places of interest, such as places where crowds may gather. For the time being, our regular resources are sufficient to meet the demand. The SPC is monitoring the situation from hour to hour and will reassign its resources, if necessary. Regular police operations are continuing.

    Socio-community unit

    Our socio-community unit maintains close contact with its various partners, community organizations, grocery stores, pharmacies and seniors’ residences. This allows us to have an accurate portrait of the situation and to work in partnership with others.

    Maintain vigilance

    Residents are asked to call their loved ones more regularly to make sure they are well without travelling to see them. Should you have any concerns, please contact the police department.

    Since March 13, the call answering protocol has provided additional health-related questions:

    - It is essential that people answer honestly.

    - The SPC wants to reassure residents that it responds to all emergency calls. The questions are intended to protect the health of all stakeholders.

    Reminder – Contacting the SPC

    The police department wants to remind residents to limit their visits to the police station and to go there only for emergency cases. This provision is intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus by discouraging travel and contact among people.

    If you want to contact the SPC, here are the numbers to do so:

    ·        Call 911 for a situation requiring immediate assistance;

    ·        Call 450 698-1331, option 5, for non-urgent situations.

    For more information

    For information on the coronavirus and the best practices to follow, including hand washing and proper cough and sneeze etiquette, please visit quebec.ca/coronavirus.

    Should you have any health-related questions, you can also call the general information line at any time: COVID-19 1 877 644-4545.

    Every individual effort counts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Compliance with the measures set out above is essential for public health. Thank you for your co-operation.

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    Last update: 2020-04-02 09:26

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