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95 tickets handed out last week to Manitobans not following COVID-19 guidelines

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: November 24, 2020 10:50

A significant increase from the week prior

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The province handed out a whole slew of tickets last week to Manitobans who failed to follow the new provincial COVID-19 health restrictions.

In total, 79 warnings and 95 tickets were issued between November 16 to 22, a significant increase from the week prior, when 54 warnings and 30 tickets were issued. This includes nine $5,000 tickets to business, and 55 $1,296 tickets to individuals. There were also three band bylaw tickets were also issued by the Manitoba First Nations Police Service.

Last week, a specific fine of $298 was put in place for not wearing a mask in indoor public places, as required under current public health orders. Since that time, 28 tickets have been issued for the offence.

A total of $126,082 in fines were issued last week, up from $49,992 the week prior.

The province also provided an update on enforcement related to a large demonstration held in Steinbach on November 14. To date, 16 tickets have been sworn and more are expected to receive tickets as the investigation continues. One person who attended a subsequent event at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg on November 21 was identified and served with a ticket for their participation in the earlier event. 

Meanwhile, enforcement officials continue to investigate a large gathering for a church service in Steinbach that occurred over the weekend. One individual received a $1,296 ticket and more tickets for other participants are expected as the investigation continues.

Since enforcement efforts began in April, a total of 388 warnings and 307 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $390,000 in fines to businesses and individuals..

Current public health orders restrict gatherings and limit group sizes, set out the distance individuals are required to observe from another and require businesses to ensure their customers are able to maintain the required separation.

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