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Florida couple charged in northern Ontario after failing to self-isolate

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A couple from Florida has been charged in northern Ontario after failing to self-isolate for the mandatory 14 days upon entering Canada, OPP say.

The isolation period is a requirement of anyone arriving from out of the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple entered Canada through Ontario’s Fort Erie border crossing on July 3 to go to a seasonal property in East Ferris, Ont., according to police.

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Six days later, OPP’s North Bay detachment received a call from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which requested that officers complete a compliance check under the country’s Quarantine Act in East Ferris Township.

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As a result of an investigation, officers discovered that the couple wasn’t compliant with the mandatory self-isolation order, which is law under Canada’s Quarantine Act.

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A 68-year-old and 70-year-old from Florida were each subsequently charged with failing to comply with an order when entering Canada and fined $1,000. They were also each issued a provincial offence notice.

On Tuesday, South Porcupine OPP Const. Michelle Simard confirmed to Global News that one of the individuals is a Canadian citizen, while the other is a U.S. citizen.

Police say the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit is engaged with the matter and that both individuals are being monitored during their isolation.