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3 Manitobans charged for violating COVID-19 orders at house party in The Pas: RCMP

An RCMP vehicle.
An RCMP vehicle. File / Global News

Manitoba RCMP said they’ve charged three people for violating social distancing regulations under the Emergency Measures Act.

RCMP said Wednesday that they received 101 calls between April 14-20 related to COVID-19, mostly reports of groups of 10 or more people.

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The three people charged were at a house party on Sunday in The Pas. Police said they became belligerent when approached and refused to follow directions.

Two women — 43 and 25 — and a 26-year-old man were each charged with failing to comply with a provincial emergency order and fined $486.

Earlier this month, RCMP agreed to help enforce the province’s public health orders, which prevent people from gathering in large groups and ensure social distancing is respected in businesses.

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So far, police said, most reports they’ve received haven’t needed RCMP intervention, or have been resolved by officers providing more information about the importance of social distancing.

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In six instances, police had to issue verbal warnings.

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