All across Canada 411 information online has learned that these Covid Tickets are being given out in large numbers. Each one with sizable fines.
More than two dozen tickets were issued to people attending private gatherings at four separate locations in Mississauga over the weekend.
In a news release issued Monday, the City of Mississauga said of the 37 tickets issued on the weekend, four were handed to non-essential businesses and the remainder were given to members of the public who flouted lock down orders and attended private gatherings.
“Now that we are three weeks into the lock down, businesses and residents should be well aware of the restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of our community,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a written statement.
Toronto and Peel Region entered the grey, or lock down, zone of the province’s reopening framework on Nov. 23, forcing all non-essential businesses to halt in-store shopping and dine-in services.
Personal care services, including hair salons and barbershops, as well as gyms and movie theaters, must also remain closed under the lock down, which is in effect until Dec. 21.
Another stipulation of the lock down is that residents are only permitted to gather with members of their own household.
“I know as the holidays approach, it is tempting to gather with family and friends, but I want to remind you that these actions will be met with a fine or even worse, the spread of COVID-19 to your family and friends,” Crombie said.
In Toronto over the weekend, police said they were called to a business in the area of Queen and Portland streets sometime after midnight on Sunday and found 30 to 40 people inside the building, which was allegedly being used as a makeshift bar.
Police say the two owners of the business, who have not been named, were given a court summons for violating the Reopening Ontario Act.
Mayor John Tory called the behavior “grossly irresponsible.”
“I am going to suggest we should make the name public because I think anyone who is that irresponsible as an owner not only should be facing their day in court, and not only be given the maximum fine as well but they should be shamed.”
In VANCOUVER – More than 100 health order and Quarantine Act violation tickets totaling thousands of dollars have been issued so far in B.C., the province's public safety ministry says.
The province gave the update in a news release Tuesday while also announcing B.C.'s record-breaking state of emergency was being extended yet again.
On Aug. 21, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth first announced that fines could be issued for violating public health orders in the province. The fines a British Colombian can get for breaking one of the province's COVID-19 rules vary. An individual can be ticketed $200 if they break or encourage someone else to violate a health order. Someone who is hosting an event that contravenes public health orders can be fined $2,000.
Between Aug. 21 and Nov. 9, the province says 19 tickets were issued to owners or organizers breaking the rules on gatherings and events. Another two tickets were issued for those who haven't followed health orders on food and liquor.
Additionally, 26 tickets were give to individuals who "refused to comply with direction from law enforcement," the province says.
Those 47 tickets amount to just under $55,000.
But even more tickets have been issued in the province for people violating Canada's Quarantine Act, requiring people to isolate for 14 days once they return to the country from international travel. So far, 58 violation tickets have been issued by police agencies, the province says, totaling $64,000.
"The vast majority of British Columbia’s are doing the right things and following the advice of public health officials," Farnworth said in a news release Tuesday.
"Our government will continue to ensure that police and other enforcement officials have the tools necessary to address the selfish actions of a small minority of people who take needless risks with our collective health."
Even though 105 tickets have been issued so far, some jurisdictions might be receiving even more complaints about possible rule breakers. The City of Vancouver says it's received 3,660 reports of provincial health order violations since Aug. 21, which averages to about 45 per day.
The city explained to CTV News that it doesn't mean all complaints received were legitimate. Instead, relevant departments will follow up on the report as required, the contact local police or health authorities if necessary.
Without question this pandemic has been difficult with every Canadian. Businesses, and people young and old have had to dramatically change their way of living. Weather you agree, or do not. Lets keep everyone safe and follow the guidelines the heath minister has issued to have a speedy end to these Covid related restrictions. This kind of reminds me of the police issuing tickets for not wearing your seatbelt in the car. No they have to fine you to help you see the error in your ways to help keep you safe.
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