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RCMP to enforce Quarantine Act

BY , Apr 10, 2020 5:43 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The federal privacy watchdog has accused the RCMP of ignoring his office's efforts to investigate complaints about the national police force's failure to respond to information requests from the public. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The RCMP says its officers could visit homes to ensure any person entering Canada is self-isolating for 14 days.

The police force says it has been asked to help enforce the Quarantine Act in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Police can also now arrest people for violating the Act, though the RCMP says that will be a last resort.

Previously they could only issue a court appearance notice or summons. Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act could lead to a fine of up to $750,000 and imprisonment for six months.

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