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COVID-19 enforcement a provincial issue, says Charlottetown police chief

FILE PHOTO – Police Chief Paul Smith of Charlottetown Police Services
FILE PHOTO:“ Police Chief Paul Smith of Charlottetown Police Services - SaltWire Network

Charlottetown Police Services won’t be getting involved in enforcement when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The issue came up at a recent meeting of the city’s standing committee on protective and emergency services.

One of the members of the committee asked Police Chief Paul Smith if charges or fines could be handed out if someone who tests positive fails to self-isolate.

Smith told the committee that the role of enforcement provincewide has been given to provincial conservation officers.

Smith said if those officers get overwhelmed with work, they might farm some of it out to police in local jurisdictions.

Smith added that even though wearing non-medical masks are mandatory in public places, no fines are being handed out to those who aren’t wearing one.

“Our direction is to get people to call the complaint line,’’ Smith said in reference to those not following the rules.

People are asked to call 1-800-958-6400 if they have concerns that someone is not following the self-isolation or work-isolation rules or have general questions about COVID-19.

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