Ottawa man, 24, faces Quarantine Act charges for having visitors after trip: police

Ottawa police. File / Global News

Ottawa police say they’ve laid charges against a 24-year-old man for allegedly failing to self-isolate after returning from an international trip.

The Ottawa Police Service said it received a public complaint on Tuesday about a possible breach of the federal Quarantine Act, which mandates travellers self-isolate for a period of 14 days to limit the risk of importing cases of the novel coronavirus.

The tip concerned a 24-year-old Canadian resident who had returned to the country on Jan. 12 after a trip to Rwanda, with expectations to quarantine at a designated facility in the 200 block of King Edward Avenue until Jan. 26.

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Patrol officers visiting the residence found the man to be in the company of two other people, police said.

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The traveller was charged with failing to comply with an entry condition under the Quarantine Act for having other people visit him. The two visitors were issued verbal warnings.

A police spokesperson said the man was issued a $1,000 ticket for the offence, with surcharges bringing the total payable amount to $1,130.

Police laid similar charges against a California man earlier this month who also had an Ottawa resident visit him during his self-isolation period.

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