Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

MUSKOKA — As the province gets ready to extend the stay-at-home order to June 2, provincial police in south Muskoka report 16 people have been charged this month with violating the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

The OPP say they have been involved with several investigations in May, including charging 8 people the weekend before last at cottage on Hwy. 169 in Gravenhurst. They were fined more than $7,040 in total at a gathering Saturday night May 1.

The fine is $750 with a $130 surcharge for a total of $880.

After police struggled early on with this lockdown as to who to charge, they now remind the public to comply with the Stay at Home Order, to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

They say in a release Monday, May 10, that under the current order, all indoor and outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are prohibited except for members of the same household with certain exceptions for individuals who live alone. Limited capacity for weddings, funerals and religious services are permitted up to 10 people indoors or outdoors.

Further information regarding the current restrictions can be found by visiting covid-19.ontario.ca or by reaching out to the OPP at (705) 645-2211 or toll free 1 (888) 310-1122.

South Muskoka OPP say several investigations have led to 16 COVID charges this month – including 8 at a cottage in Gravenhurst the weekend before last.

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