Manitoba continues ticketing COVID-19 scofflaws, including rally attendees

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More than a year into the pandemic, the province has issued millions of dollars of fines to people and businesses who break the public health orders. But some say they don't know if handing out fines does much in the long run. Marney Blunt reports – May 18, 2021

Provincial officials continue to hand out tickets to Manitobans who aren’t following COVID-19 restrictions.

The province said Tuesday that a total of 70 tickets and 123 warnings were issued between May 10 and 16. Of the people ticketed, 62 were handed $1,296 tickets for “various offences” — the majority of which were connected with gatherings in private residences or outdoors.

A further six people were ticketed $1,296 for failing to self-isolate, one was issued for unnecessary northern travel, and two tickets were issued to sole proprietorships.

Five $298 tickets were issued to people for failing to wear a mask in indoor public places, and businesses were given three $5,000 tickets.

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Participants in a number of rallies at the beginning of the month haven’t escaped responsibility, either.

Manitoba Justice said it continues to investigate all of the events, and has continued to issue a number of tickets in connection with the gatherings — two tickets for the May 1 rally in Winkler, six tickets for the rally at the Forks the same day, and 14 tickets for the May 3 protest at the Law Courts.

Further charges are expected.

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