RCMP Manitoba says people have been fined for not following COVID-19 orders, including for hosting parties and not wearing a mask.
From October 26 to November 1, 182 reports have been made to Manitoba RCMP detachments regarding COVID-19. While most of these calls resulted in education, Criminal Operations Officer Chief Superintendent Rob Hill says they are ticketing people.
"The focus of our officers since the very beginning of the pandemic has been on providing education and issuing warnings, however, with the dramatic rise in cases across the province we recognize that a shift is now required," Hill says.
RCMP say three people are facing enforcement action:
On October 28, 2020, Stonewall RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. The female was fined for not wearing a mask.
On October 30, 2020, Cross Lake RCMP responded to a house party, and the homeowner was fined for having more then 5 people in her residence.
On October 30, 2020, Norway House RCMP responded to a report of an adult female who was not self-isolating as directed. The female had been warned in the past, and was issued a fine.
All three were fined for Failing to Comply with a Provincial Emergency Order under the Public Health Act.
Five of the 182 reports resulted in a verbal warning
"While officers will still have discretion, I have made it clear that ticketing is the preferred option for individuals who are blatantly disregarding the public health orders and putting lives at risk. This is about protecting the health and safety of every Manitoban."
Manitoba RCMP has issued 77 warnings and 42 fines since April 9.
"We all need to do our part to help reduce and stop the spread of this virus."
Winnipeggers can call 311 to report noncompliance. People outside of Winnipeg are asked to call the Manitoba Government Inquiry line at 1-866-626-4862.