$180,000 in COVID-19 fines issued by provincial officers this week: Manitoba Premier

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Manitoba public health enforcement has issued a total of 100 tickets last week, with fines totaling over $180,000 for breaking public health rules, said Premier Brian Pallister on Tuesday. This is a slight increase from the week prior, said the premier – Dec 1, 2020

The Manitoba government says provincial officers issued more than $180,000 worth of fines over the past week, including 22 tickets of $5,000 to various businesses.

From Nov. 23 through 29, the province handed out 202 warnings and 100 tickets.
  • 22 $5,000 tickets to businesses for various offences;
  • 48 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences;
  • 23 $298 tickets for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places; and
  • seven band bylaw tickets were issued by Manitoba First Nations Police Service.

Over the weekend, Manitoba RCMP blocked the parking lot of a church that was trying to host a service Sunday.

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Global News reporters on the scene heard RCMP officers telling people if they walk into the parking lot toward the Church of God Restoration, which is south of Steinbach, they would be fined.

The Church of God Restoration, a chapter of a North American Christian denomination founded in the ‘80s, was slapped with a $5,000 fine after holding a Sunday service Nov. 22, which saw “well over” 100 people attend, RCMP said at the time.

Global News tried to talk to people associated with the church on Sunday, but they declined comment.

“The Church of God (Restoration) received a business fine of $5,000, while individuals received a total of six tickets for $1,296,” said the province.

“One $1,296 ticket was issued for the service at Springs Church. Several tickets are pending, including a business fine of $5,000.”

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A large rally in Steinbach two weeks ago has resulted in 30 tickets so far, the province added, and more are expected.

The province said a protest at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was prevented by the Winnipeg Police Service Saturday.

Manitoba’s current public health orders forbid groups larger than five from gathering.

The province banned all faith-based gatherings as part of the level red pandemic restrictions put in place on Nov. 12 while COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in the province.