161 tickets were handed out-the highest one week total since the start of the pandemic
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The fines keep piling up as people continue violating public health orders.
The province says from May 24 to 30, COVID cops handed out 161 tickets, which is the highest one week total since the pandemic began.
- 144 $1,296 tickets to individuals in relation to gatherings in private residences or outdoors;
- nine $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places;
- one $5,150 ticket to an individual for the Federal Quarantine Act;
- one $5,000 ticket to a business; and
- six warrants issued to repeat offenders (max penalty of $100,000).
Enforcement officials also say, although the vast majority of Manitobans are doing their part to protect themselves and others, a small minority of people continue to disregard the public health orders and put the health of others at risk. These individuals will be held to account.
Officials also continue to investigate several recent large gatherings and rallies, and additional charges are expected.
Since enforcement efforts began in April 2020, a total of 4,508 warnings and 1,681 tickets have been issued, resulting in over $2.3 million in fines to businesses and individuals.