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Ottawa man, 24, charged with violating Quarantine Act after trip to Rwanda

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A 24-year-old Ottawa man is facing a charge under the Quarantine Act after he’s alleged to have had visitors in a “quarantine-designated facility” on King Edward Avenue after a trip to Rwanda.

Ottawa police received a complaint Tuesday about the man who had returned to Canada on Jan. 12 and was supposed to be quarantining in the unnamed facility near St. Patrick Street until Jan. 26.

Instead, patrol officers found him with two other people.

The man was charged with failing to comply with the entry condition to isolate for 14 days, not to have visitors and to limit contact with others in a place of isolation.

His visitors received warnings.

The Ottawa Police Service issued a reminder of the “utmost importance of respecting the Quarantine Act in order to protect public health” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and said any breach of the act should be reported to police.

Noncompliance with the city’s mandatory mask bylaw or provincial public health measures, such as gathering limits, should be reported to bylaw services at 311.

Police said that anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online at crimestoppers.ca.

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