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Ontario mother fined $880 under stay-at-home order for leaving children with grandparents

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Once ticketed, she was informed that officials would be speaking to her father-in-law about the complaint as well.

A news release posted by the provincial police states that two people were charged with failing to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act.

“It was determined that police were contacted after several people were seen at the residence. Officers attending the area subsequently stopped a vehicle seen leaving and conducted an investigation,” Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a news release, posted by OPP’s Norfolk county detachment.

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Kohl, however, told the Global News that she had explained the situation to the officer. “He clearly watched me pick up my three kids from the house,” she added.

Attending, obtaining or providing child care is allowed under the stay-at-home order, according to the Ontario government. However, Derek Rogers, the media relations coordinator for the OPP’s west region office, told Global News she was “not charged with dropping her kids off at grandparents.”

“She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act,” he added. No details explaining exactly how Kohl violated the act have been provided as yet.

The Ontario mother told Global News that the Ontario government needs to clarify the current lockdown rules for law enforcement.

“From my understanding child care was not taken out, so if you had to take your kids to daycare or you had to have a family member watch your kids, I thought that you were allowed to,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kohl has already sent the ticket to a Simcoe courthouse, where she plans to fight the fine. “I did have a couple of paralegals and people that are legal representatives who emailed me to represent me for free,” she said.

“I had to stop working to stay home with my kids,” Kohl added to CTV News.”So, an $880 ticket is quite expensive when I’m not working.”

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