The University of Guelph‘s campus police have issued over $33,000 in coronavirus-related fines since a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Jan. 21.
The outbreak was caused by what officials called “unsanctioned social gatherings” inside a campus residence on Jan. 15-16.
The university said most attendees were first-year domestic students taking virtual courses but resulted in over 200 individuals being forced into isolation.
As of Wednesday, the university reported 67 confirmed cases connected to the outbreak with 64 already resolved.
After the outbreak was declared, campus police began to issue $120 fines under the school’s own COVID-19 policy. Officials said 41 tickets were issued between Jan. 21 and 25, amounting to $4,920.
The university then announced on Jan. 25 that it would start laying $880 fines under the province’s Reopening Ontario Act.
The City of Guelph has been publishing campus police’s efforts on its website, which shows 32 fines issued, amounting to $28,160, including 12 fines related to the gatherings that triggered the outbreak.
In total, campus police have issued $33,080 since the outbreak was declared.
The university has also said further penalties including eviction and restrictions from university property would be coming pending an investigation.