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Gathering on beach in Grand Bend, Ont. prompts fines from OPP
The beach at Grand Bend is closed due to COVID-19 on Sunday, May 3, 2020. (Jordyn Read / CTV News)
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, ONT. -- Having already issued a warning, OPP laid fines after finding a group of people setting off fireworks and enjoying a bonfire on the beach in Grand Bend, Ont.
Provincial police responded to the main beach for a group of five people who had gathered there around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
When they arrived, officers found it was the same group of renters who had been warned following a complaint the night before.
That night Lambton Shores OPP had opted to warn the individuals about the emergency measures requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They were not given a second warning.
A 27-year-old Kitchener man was charged with failing to comply with an order during a declared emergency.
Police say they will continue to educate the public, and consider enforcement a last resort.
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, failure to comply can mean fines for an individual that range from $750 to $100,000 or up to a year in prison.