The Niagara Regional Police Service continues to work with Municipal and Regional by-law enforcement partners in the on-going enforcement of Emergency Orders in regards to COVID-19.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at approximately 11:42am, 3 District (Welland) uniform officers, attended a residence in the area of Cozy Street and Duncan Street, in the City of Welland, in regards to a COVID-19 related call for service.

Officers arrived on scene and observed multiple people inside a residence, clearly in contradiction of the COVID-19 regulations.

As a result, 8 people were charged with Fail to Comply with a Continued Section 7.0.2 S. 10(1)(2) of the Reopening Ontario Act.

A 52 year old male, a 32 year old female, a 44 year old female, a 30 year old female, a 28 year old male, a 33 year old male, a 34 year old male, as well as an 38 year old female, are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act as social gatherings are limited to your household, with a resulting fine of $880.00.

Since they have been fined under Provincial legislation and not charged under the Criminal Code, their names are not being released.

The Niagara Regional Police Service has been working in cooperation and collaboration with our community partners which includes Regional and Municipal by-law officials since the beginning of the pandemic in the enforcement of Emergency Orders.

The NRPS joins Public Health Officials in calling on Niagara residents and visitors to Niagara to adhere to the Emergency Orders to prevent the spread of the virus.