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Province issues over $78K in COVID-19 fines to Manitobans last week

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: May 4, 2021 11:24

33 tickets issued in relation to gatherings in private residences

Image: Brandon police service

The fines keep piling up as people continue violating public health orders. 

The province says from April 26 to May 2, a total of 112 warnings and 58 tickets were issued, totaling $78,008.  

The tickets include;

- 39 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences; and
- 17 $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places.

33 of the 42 $1,296 tickets were in relation to gatherings in private residences or outdoors, and nine tickets for failure to self-isolate.

Enforcement officials say they continue to investigate all public health order violations they are made aware of including large gatherings and rallies. Officials were present at rallies in Winnipeg and Winkler this past weekend and the Winnipeg Law Courts yesterday. As noted in this weeks' statistics, 20 tickets have been issued for a rally at The Forks in Winnipeg on April 25. 
 
In addition, enforcement officials advise that two tickets have been issued from a rally in Winkler on May 1 and four tickets from a rally at the Winnipeg Law Courts on May 3. These fines will be included in next week's enforcement data as they were issued after May 2. Investigations continue for all events and additional charges are expected. Officials note the choice to defy public health orders is a serious offence and violators will be held to account.

Since enforcement efforts began in April 2020, a total of 4,008 warnings and 1,294 tickets have been issued, resulting in nearly $1.8 million in fines to businesses and individuals.

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