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Coronavirus: 18 ticketed for breaking social distancing bylaw by playing cricket in Brampton

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Eighteen people were ticketed in Brampton over the weekend in two separate incidents for violating the social distancing bylaw, in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, by playing cricket.

A spokesperson for the City of Brampton confirmed the 18 $880 tickets to Global News on Tuesday.

Both incidents took place April 12 at two separate locations.

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Enforcement officers responded first to the area of Sail Road after receiving complaints about a group of men playing cricket in a nearby field. Officers saw 13 people participating and called Peel Regional Police to help.

Eleven people were charged under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and were fined $880. Two people left the area before police arrived.

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In the second incident, enforcement officers responded to the CAA Sports Centre on Kennedy Road South after again receiving complaints that a group was playing cricket. Officers ticketed seven people under the EMCPA for $880.

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As of Tuesday morning, the City of Brampton said it has issued 176 warnings and handed out 39 charges to those people who are not upholding the social distancing bylaw.

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The province reported 483 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday morning, bringing the total numbers of cases to 7,953. The death told has risen to 334.

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