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Sudbury resident fined $3,000 for breaching quarantine act

Police and public health officials say the Sudbury resident returned from the U.S. with outdated test results and ignored rules about quarantining
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A Sudbury resident is facing a $3,000 fine for ignoring quarantine rules after travelling to the United States, Greater Sudbury Police said this morning.

GSPS said they were notified on Feb. 20 by a quarantine officer with the Public Health Agency of Canada that a Sudbury resident had breached the Quarantine Act by returning from the U.S. with outdated test results and then ignored rules about self-isolating.

“Information provided was that a resident of Greater Sudbury had returned to Canada from the United States on Feb. 19, 2021 with COVID test results that did not meet the current Federal timeline requirement,” GSPS said in a news release.

“Under the authority of the Quarantine Act, the individual was directed to the designated quarantine facility in Toronto in order to be tested and await the test results prior to returning to Greater Sudbury. The individual was advised that failing to do so would be in direct contravention of the Quarantine Act resulting in a fine.”

Police said the person ignored the order to report to a quarantine facility for testing, instead returning home to Sudbury.

“As a result of the investigation and under the direction of the Quarantine Officer, members of our COVID-19 Education and Enforcement Team attended the community member’s residence and issued a Provincial Offence Notice (PON) for Failing to Comply with an Order Prohibited or Subjecting to Any Condition the Entry into Canada under the Quarantine Act. The PON carries a set fine of $3,000.”

Travellers should be aware that the current federal requirement, as of Feb. 14, is that travelers  age five and older entering Canada's land ports of entry, unless exempted, are required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 molecular test results taken in the United States within 72 hours before arrival at the Canadian border.