Four GTA men charged for fishing in Port Hope during a stay-at-home order

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Port Hope police charge four GTA men for fishing during a stay-at-home order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

On Saturday, May 15, the Port Hope Police Service charged men who were from North York, Toronto, Woodbridge and Markham.

Although fishing is permitted during the current stay-at-home order, police said it is to be done locally.

“You should not be travelling outside your community to fish in another community,” a release from the service read. “As a result four men who appeared to be hiding were all issued a provincial offence notice under the EMCPA.”

The provincial offence notice carries a fine $880 dollars.

Port Hope police said they will not be stopping a pedestrian or vehicle solely for the purpose of asking where you are from, but will lay charges if found in contravention of the stay-at-home-orders.

If you feel you or someone you know could use some help during these difficult times, Port Hope police said they can offer mental health help through their mental health engagement and response team (MHEART) at 905-885-8123, via email at phps@phps.on.ca or by calling 911.

To report a crime call 905-885-8123, email phps@phps.on.ca or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).