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Police break up Halifax party, fine 22 people for breaching health orders

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WATCH: As the third wave and COVID-19 cases continue to swell in the province, police are responding to an increase in complaints over people violating public health protocol. Jesse Thomas reports – Apr 26, 2021

Police in Halifax say they broke up a party Friday night and ticketed 22 people for failing to comply with public health orders.

Halifax Regional Police issued a release this morning saying they were called to a “large social gathering” near Dalhousie University at about 1 a.m.

Police say the number of people at the house exceeded the limit allowed under current pandemic-related health orders.

READ MORE: Two people in Halifax region charged for violating N.S. Health Protection Act

The release says officers issued 22 summary offence tickets, each carrying a fine of $1,000.

A spokesperson for Dalhousie University, Janet Bryson, said the university would have no way of knowing if those charged were students.

“We’re counting on all of our students to share the responsibility for keeping our Dalhousie community and the surrounding community of Halifax, safe and healthy,” said Bryson in an email sent to Global news.

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Earlier this week, Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin announced a month-long lockdown for Halifax and surrounding communities beginning Friday morning.

The restrictions limit outdoor and indoor gatherings to five people and prohibit large gatherings, including social events, festivals, sports and wedding receptions.

 

 

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