Woman arrested twice in three days for flouting coronavirus self-isolation
|Toronto Star 27 Mar 2020 at 21:49|
This week, Newfoundland police say, they arrested a woman for failing to self-isolate and obey the province’s public coronavirus regulations.
Then, according to police, they had to do it again.
Following up on community complaints, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers found a woman Tuesday near a shopping centre in Corner Brook, N.L.
After confirming that she had arrived from outside the province within the past 48 hours, police said, officers informed her of Newfoundland’s current regulations, which stipulate that people arriving from outside the province must self-isolate for 14 days.
The officers, said RNC spokesperson Sgt. James Cadigan, were “met with non-compliance.”
The woman was arrested and stayed overnight in jail, pending a court date the following day, after which she was released Wednesday.
On Thursday morning, RNC officers, following up on a complaint about the same woman being out in public, found her near a residential property in Curling, N.L.
Officers were met with similar non-compliance, police said.
They arrested the woman for a second time in relation to the Public Health Protection and Promotions Act.
“Our focus is to work with the community, prevent the spread of this virus and ensure that our community members are educated as to how we can work together to do so,” said Cadigan.
“If you’re going to put our community at risk, we will intervene and respond appropriately.”