Four people have now been charged in relation to an illegal gathering in Kemptville.

On April 8, 2021, members from the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended a large gathering outside of the South Branch Bistro on Clothier Street East.

The OPP received numerous complaints, and it is believed that approximately 200 people were in attendance. The OPP attended along with personnel from the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and North Grenville By-Law Services.

As a result of the investigation, four individuals, including an organizer and the business, have been charged under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).

The OPP continues to support efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19, including the government-mandated shutdown and the Stay at Home Order. Actions are based on public health advice from the Government’s health table, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The incident is still under investigation by the Grenville County OPP and more charges may be laid at a later date.


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