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60 tickets, 97 warnings dished out as Manitoba gets set to double fines for health order violations

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced Friday the doubling of fines for people not complying with public health orders to curb the spread of COVID-19, and the doubling of default payment fees for failing to pay fines on time. – May 7, 2021

The province handed out another 60 tickets to Manitobans violating COVID-19 health orders in the past week.

In its weekly enforcement update, the province also reported 97 warnings issued from May 3 to 6.

Of the tickets, 50 people were handed $1,296 fines for various offences — 47 of which were connected to gatherings in private residences or outdoors, and three for failing to self-isolate.

Nine people were issued $298 tickets for failing to wear a mask in indoor public places, and one business was fined $5,000.

Read more: COVID-19 ticketing up 167% in Manitoba last week, 2 fined at Winnipeg anti-mask rally

Manitoba Justice officials said they’re continuing followup investigations on all large gatherings and rallies, with an additional 32 $1,296 tickets issued retroactively to people who attended rallies — the majority for the May 3 rally at the Law Courts, but also for the May 1 event at the Forks and one the same day in Winkler.

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Fines will double next week, after Premier Brian Pallister’s promise on Friday.

The fine for failing to wear a mask jumps up to $486, fines for individuals who have received multiple penalties under the public health orders increases to $2,542, and the province is doubling the penalty for failing to pay a ticket to $100.

 

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