COVID-19: OPP issue ticket for large religious gathering east of Peterborough

OPP issued a ticket under the Reopening Ontario Act for a large religious gathering just east of Peterborough on May 30, 2021. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A charge has been laid under the Reopening Ontario Act following a large gathering for a religious ceremony just east of Peterborough on Sunday morning.

According to Peterborough County OPP, around 10:30 a.m., officers responded to a complaint about a large gathering in progress at a rural property on Burnham Line in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township.

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OPP say the organizer of the event was charged for failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency under the Reopening Ontario Act. Fines are $750 plus surcharge for an $880 ticket.

No other details were provided on the incident.

As of May 22, outdoor gatherings of up to five people from different households are permitted outdoors.

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“Public safety is always the top priority. As a result, charges may not be laid at the time of the incident, but could be laid at a later time after a thorough investigation,” OPP stated Tuesday morning.

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