Proximity bylaw now has massive fines if people do not stay at least six feet apart. Error in the first version

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

April 7th, 2020


In an early version of this article we featured a picture of the Mayor and her family on the veranda of their home and suggested they were not adhering to the six foot requirement. They weren’t – what was neglected was that the six foot rule does not apply to family members living in the same house.

Our apologies to the Mayor and her family for our error.

Yesterday at a special meeting of council, city council unanimously approved a new physical distancing by-law to support efforts in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Council considers the protection of health and safety of the public to be of paramount concern, and the direction for the proposed by-law comes from the City’s Emergency Control Group.

The Medical Officer of Health has recommended physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from other individuals who are not members of the same household.

The City of Burlington’s by-law states that while on public property, no person shall stand less than a 2 metre distance to any other person that does not reside with them in a single household or permit a child under the age of 16 to stand less than a 2 metre distance from any other person that does not reside with them in a single household.

Upon conviction of an offence under this by-law, a person would be liable for a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $100,000.

The by-law is expected to be in effect through the duration of Burlington’s State of Emergency. More information can be found on the city’s website.

“We must all act responsibly to ensure the health and well-being of everyone in our city. It is my sincere hope that residents in our community will respect the repeated advice of healthcare experts and voluntarily maintain physical distancing so that no tickets need to be issued under this by-law.

“The longer we stay apart now, the sooner we can come together again.”

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3 comments to Proximity bylaw now has massive fines if people do not stay at least six feet apart. Error in the first version

  • David

    Checked Air Canada & Toronto Pearson today.
    Arrivals & Departures, Hong Kong I’ve learned is a transfer to mainland China.
    Frankfurt Germany! Germans leaving Canada and Canadians returning from Germany?
    London UK Five flights yesterday! again who are these passengers?
    Flights to and from Fort Lauderdale and Miami Florida! Snow Birds?

    Humanitarian Flights in cooperation with the Canadian Government

    Algiers-Montreal: March 31& April 4
    Barcelona-Montreal: March 25
    Bogota-Toronto: April 3
    Buenos Aires-Toronto: April 5
    Casablanca-Montreal: March 21, 23, & 25
    Lima-Toronto: March 24, 26, 27 & April 1, 2, 4
    Quito-Toronto: March 25, 27, 29, & 31
    Upcoming flights:
    Algiers-Montreal: April 10

    I understand the humanitarian flights, but you would think all the others would be decreasing by now. Who are all these people?

  • David

    As far as I can make out Canada US land borders are closed to all non essential travel. Air travel to Canada is restricted to Canadians only apart from US citizens and diplomats etc.
    Canada is only advising Canadians not to fly out of Canada.

    So does that mean Canadians can fly to any country that does not have incoming flight restrictions then fly back to Canada as many times as they like?

    I have been browsing ‘Flight Aware’ ‘Toronto Pearson’ ‘China Eastern Airlines’ etc. and looking at departure and arrival schedules, there seems to be a lot of flights coming in from and going out to China, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, UK, etc.

    So if only Canadians are allowed to fly into Canada, who the hell is flying out of Canada?
    Or am I being a bit thick?

  • David

    Today 9th Apr. Halton Covid-19 webpage has been updated to include a ‘Surveillance Report’
    43% of infections as of Apr 1st were due to Travel….You should also check out the Air Canada website for incoming humanitarian flights, most flights are coming into Ontario and Quebec.