COVID-19: 10 people fined for holding a party in Halifax during lockdown

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Ten people have been fined for holding a social gathering in Halifax early Saturday morning, during a time when the province is in lockdown amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.

In a release, Halifax Regional Police said officers responded to a third-hand report of a loud party at a residence in the 2000 to 3000 block of Parker Street in Halifax around 12:30 a.m.

“Police attended and found that activities were being conducted in excess of the provincially mandated gathering limits,” the release said.

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Under current provincial guidelines, gathering limits without social distancing are confined to a person’s household bubble. Smaller households with up to two people are allowed to socialize with two people without social distancing, but those two people must be consistent.

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The release said all 10 occupants were issued summary offence tickets under the Health Protection Act, which carry a fine of $2,000.

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