Residents in Chatham-Kent are using the new tip line to help officials identify large social gatherings and non-essential businesses that should be closed, Municipal officials stated.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent setup the tip line to help aid in the spread of COVID-19.
“The tip line is working well and we have the public to thank for that,” stated Paul Lacina, Director of Building Development Services, in a media release.
“People are taking this seriously and using it to inform us about concerns. We’re approaching the tips as an opportunity to inform. So far we have focused on education and have not issued any tickets.”
Enforcement officials are instructed to take a fair and reasonable approach when it comes to breaking up social gatherings and working with business owners, Municipal officials stated.
The tip line is also helping to ease the burden on the 911 system, which is meant for emergency services calls only.
“We don’t want people calling the police if they see people gathering for a party, kids playing in a park, or a non-essential business open,” stated Travis Maxwell, Supervisor of the COVID-19 Enforcement Team with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, in a media release.
“They just need to need to call the tip line. This is about keeping our friends, family, and community safe.”
Residents of Chatham-Kent concerned that a person or business is violating physical distancing orders can call municipal tip line at 519-360-1998 or email Covid19enforcement@chatham-kent.ca.