Dingwall Pitt Meadows Mayor Bill Dingwall announced new measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19. (News files)

Threat of fines for those in Pitt Meadows who don’t obey: Mayor

Pitt Meadows vows to clamp down on businesses and individuals not practising social distancing

A former RCMP top cop, who knows a thing about law enforcement, unveiled proactive efforts aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in Pitt Meadows.

The city’s mayor announced tonight that bylaw officers will be on the look out for business and individuals who are not complying with the mandatory two-metre separation. And likewise, he said, they’ll be clamping down on restaurants, bars, and cafes in his city that are not obeying the required take-out or delivery service only guidelines.

“Unfortunately, some people are still not abiding by the guidelines from the provincial medical health officer,” Dingwall said.

“These guidelines are not optional; they’re mandatory. While you may think you are low-risk and have an ability to survive this, you can still be a carrier. This means that you are jeopardizing the safety and health of others—especially those in compromised or high-risk categories. Your actions can negatively impact the lives of many others by causing loss of income, emotional distress, serious health issues and/or death.”

Consequently, he said they’re ramping up a public education and monitoring effort to reinforce the physical distancing requirements.

READ RELATED: Pitt Meadows seeks emergency powers to enforce COVID-19 precautions

The City of Pitt Meadows enacted a state of local emergency last Friday, March 20. Prior to that, the city closed down all recreational facilities, and a few days later restricted all access to public playgrounds.

MORE: Pitt Meadows shuts down its rec buildings in COVID-19 fight

ALSO: Parents warned to stay away from playgrounds in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

“This is a very serious matter and the city is fully prepared to take further action,” Dingwall said.

“Let me be clear, parents and guardians are responsible for their children. If we see young people not complying, every effort will be made to contact parents who may be held liable.”

City bylaw officers and staff will be monitoring parks and businesses to ensure compliance, the mayor explained.

And while the first steps are education, awareness and monitoring, the city is prepared to take further action and issue penalties as needed, he added.

Those who disobey the orders may be subject to fines and/or a notice of business closure, Dingwall concluded.

.

Under the state of local emergency, all residents, visitors, and businesses are directed to comply with the following conditions immediately:

1. Restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.

· May only provide take-out or delivery service;

· Customers may only be on premises for the time it takes to purchase and collect their purchase;

· Businesses must ensure that when there are people on premises that there is sufficient space available to enable them to maintain a minimum distance of two metres from one another; and,

· No more than 50 people may be on premise at one time.

2. Respect the closure of all playground equipment and sports courts within the City limits.

3. Respect the requirement throughout all City spaces that all users must maintain a minimum of two metres apart, from those who are not part of their immediate household, including, but not limited to: parks and open spaces, as well as whenever safely possible: dikes, trails, pathways and sidewalks.

For the latest COVID information from the City of Pitt Meadows, people can visit their website or the City’s social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

.

• If there is more to this story, please let us know about it. Email us at editor@mapleridgenews.com. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusLaw enforcement

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Council conduct bylaw under scrutiny in Maple Ridge

Bylaw being questioned at Committee of the Whole Tuesday afternoon

Pitt Meadows to host live virtual city council meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Mayor Dingwall updates on new initiatives and city staffing

Haney Bypass section closed for Easter long weekend

Bypass improvements expected to be completed later this year

City of Pitt Meadows launches local business and services listing

Guide provides info which will encourage and enable residents to shop local

IN IT TOGETHER: Take good care of yourself, so you can care for others

Maple Ridge woman offers series of wellness columns aimed at helping navigate through COVID-19

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

B.C. wide burning restrictions come into effect April 16

‘Larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection’

Most Read