Q: How is COVID-19 affecting Police Operations in Chatham-Kent?
A: We are asking members of the public to refrain from attending any police facilities unless absolutely necessary. If you must attend, you will subject to screening questions related to COVID-19 health risks.
If you require an officer to attend your location for a non-emergency incident, you will be asked screening questions related to COVID-19 health risks, over the telephone, before an officer is dispatched.
In an emergency, officers will respond, however you may see them wearing personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, for their own protection, if the situation is unknown. CKPS members are properly trained in using PPE. Healthy people do not need to wear gloves and masks. For more info on when & how to wear a mask, please see https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-wear-mask.pdf?la=en
We continue to monitor this situation, as it remains fluid and dynamic. Please understand that these precautions have been implemented for the protection of our members and public.
In this time of uncertainty, it’s important that everyone remain calm and rely on credible sources for information.
Q: How can I apply for a Background Check?
A: Everything is now done on-line, even payment. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not attend police headquarters, call 519-436-6600 extension #221
Q: How can I report Crime Online?
A: If you’ve been the victim of a theft from vehicle, theft under $5000, lost property, mischief to vehicle / property, lost / stolen license plates – you may report these on-line at https://ckpolice.com/online-crime-reporting/
Q: Is the Collision Reporting Centre still open?
A: The Collision Reporting Centre remains open, however in an effort to be socially responsible, members of the public are asked to call 519-355-1937 and speak with CRC staff before attending police headquarters.
Q: What if I need to attend the Courthouse?
A: The Superior and Ontario Court of Justice will be expanding its operations on July 6, 2020 as it resumes hearing family law matters, criminal trails and preliminary inquiries.
For more information, you may want to consult the following COVID-19 notices below:
- Superior Court of Justice – civil matters and family matters
- Superior Court of Justice – criminal matters
- Ontario Court of Justice – COVID-19 Notices and Updates
Q: What does the Roadmap to Reopen look like for residents of Chatham-Kent?
A: For an in-depth review of the Provincial Lockdown, please see https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown
CK Public Health has made a full list of openings, closures and restrictions available at https://ckphu.com/covid-19/closure-updates/
For more information about the Current Situation in CK, please see https://ckphu.com/current-situation-in-chatham-kent/
Individuals with questions or concerns about Municipal closures may call 519-360-1998, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email Covid19enforcement@chatham-kent.ca
In addition to social distancing, please wash your hands before and after, avoid touching your face, cough/sneeze into your elbow/sleeve if going out.
Please note that some municipal services & local businesses may choose not to reopen at this time (their discretion). Businesses should only reopen if they have proper health and safety measures in place.
Q: What is the Reopening Ontario Act?
A: Reopening Ontario Act outlines the orders made under section 7.0.2 or 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. For more information about offences and enforcement, please see https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/20r17
Q: When did the Mask By-law take effect in Chatham-Kent?
A: The Mask By-law in Chatham-Kent takes effect on Friday, August 14, 2020.
Mask By-law may be found at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/local-government/by-laws
Mask By-law FAQ’s been prepared by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent https://www.chatham-kent.ca/local-government/mask-by-law-faq
Q: How do I report the price gouging of essential items?
A: The Government of Ontario wants to protect consumers from being exploited during this health crisis. If you suspect, a business or person is price gouging essential items, please report them at https://www.ontario.ca/form/report-price-gouging-related-covid-19
Q: How do I report infractions regarding COVID-19 restrictions in Chatham-Kent?
A: If you have concerns about businesses and/or individuals who are not following COVID-19 related orders in Chatham-Kent, please contact the Municipality at 519-360- 1998, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email Covid19enforcement@chatham-kent.ca
Q: What is the Quarantine Act?
A: Any traveller, except ‘essential workers’ returning home to Canada MUST go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. More information can be found at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/q-1.1/FullText.html
Q: What are the penalties for contravening the Quarantine Act?
A: Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, or both.
Q: How is the Quarantine Act being enforced?
A: Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance. Screening / quarantine officers may direct peace officers to provide assistance if / when necessary.