FROM/DE:  Upper Ottawa Valley OPP                DATE: April 8, 2020



(ORILLIA, ON) - For any Ontarians contemplating a trip to the cottage or other dwellings for family gatherings over the Easter Long Weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding people to practice physical distancing and stay home. 

  "The OPP acknowledges that this is a very difficult time for people. While our officers typically expect large volumes of traffic ahead of the Easter Long Weekend, in light of the current situation, the OPP thanks in advance all Ontarians who do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home."

-- OPP Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, Provincial Commander, Highway Safety Division.

  With roads now bare and warmer temperatures in store, drivers who do need to travel are being cautioned to not let the nicer weather negatively influence their driving behaviour and to obey all traffic laws.


Contacts by Region:


Central Region:                 Sgt. Jason Folz                               Ph: (705) 826-0416

East Region:                       Bill Dickson                                      Ph: (613) 285-7156

Highway Safety Division: Sgt. Kerry Schmidt                         Ph: (416) 460-4701

North West Region:          A/Sgt. Petrina Taylor Hertz            Ph: (807) 220-6118

North East Region:           Sgt. Carlo Berardi                           Ph: (705) 498-0637

West Region:                     Derek Rogers                                  Ph: (226) 448-0527