The bridge at Tillsonburg Golf Club, which is open in defiance of the province’s stay home order, is announcing that it will be temporarily closed.
The announcement came less than a week after the club first took charge and the OPP began charging golfers.
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Provincial police announced on Thursday that Tilsenberg was accused of failing to comply with the order to close the bridges.
On Saturday, the Oxford OPP announced two more charges against The Bridge and five of the charges included conservators.
On Monday, police said 19 patrons were charged on Saturday and Sunday, all failing to comply with an order under the reopening Ontario Act.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, The Bridges says the decision to remain open was not “about making money” but was “in opposition to unfair measures”.
“To demonstrate this, we are donating all of the profits from the course to organizations that represent those who adversely affect the lockers. Tilsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank, Domestic Abuse Service Oxford (DASO), and Welkin (Child and Youth Mental Welfare). “
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Bridge says the closure decision is not due to a lack of support, but because “it has been implemented by the provincial government.”
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Speaking with Global News prior to the announcement of the shutdown, Tilsenburg Mayor Stephen Molnar said personal opinion is respected, but public health measures are necessary to be followed.
“We agree or personally disagree, we (the laws of the province of Ontario) need to abide by the current restrictions,” he said.
“We have to work collectively (and) we will get through it.”
Meanwhile, the OPP is asking that “members of the business and the public voluntarily comply with the government-governed shutdown” and an order to stay indoors in place as part of the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday that Ontario’s outdoor recreational facilities will be closed until COVID-19 cases drop significantly.
The province’s ban on outdoor recreational facilities has been criticized by its science consultants, who have argued that the measures would not control COVID-19 and harm children and those who do not have access to their own green space .
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– Global News ‘Kelly Wang and the Canadian Press’ with files by John Chidley-Hill.
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