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Covid enforcement continued in lead up to Christmas


The Manitoba government continued enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19 in the lead up to Christmas.
A total of 283 warnings and 62 tickets were issued for the week of Dec. 14 to 20 including:
• two $5,000 tickets to businesses for various offences;
• 48 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences; and
• 12 $298 tickets for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places.
A total of 35 tickets were issued in relation to gatherings in private residences.
Under current public health orders, Manitobans can still engage in outdoor recreational activities and outdoor skating rinks can open. Participants are reminded to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other unless they reside at the same residence. In addition, people must not engage in activities as part of a group of more than five people, unless they all reside in the same household.
Municipalities and organizations that operate facilities are asked to take reasonable steps, such as posting signage in person or online, to ensure the public is aware of the requirements of the public health orders.
Since enforcement efforts began in April, a total of 1,490 warnings and 559 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $837,000 in fines to businesses and individuals.
Almost 3,300 personnel across various agencies are empowered to enforce public health orders to protect Manitobans.
This includes RCMP, law enforcement agencies, provincial employees and municipal partners, such as the City of Winnipeg.
Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.
In addition to a $298 fine for not wearing a mask in indoor public places, fine amounts for violating public health orders have been set at $1,296 for tickets issued to individuals, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, and $5,000 for tickets issued to corporations.

Staff Writer