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Police hand fines to people ignoring rules aimed at slowing spread of COVID-19

HALIFAX — Police in Nova Scotia are getting serious about imposing fines on people caught ignoring provincial orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
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HALIFAX — Police in Nova Scotia are getting serious about imposing fines on people caught ignoring provincial orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Sunday, Halifax Regional Police handed a $697 fine to a woman who was walking in Point Pleasant Park, which has been closed to visitors since the province declared a state of emergency on March 22.

As well, the woman's car was impounded.

On Saturday, the Truro Police Service issued a similar summary offence ticket to a 65-year-old man for failing to self isolate for 14 days after entering the province.

Truro police say they received several complaints alleging the man was "blatantly disregarding" self-isolation rules

Police Chief Dave MacNeil says the man was charged with violating the province's Health Protection Act, which carries a fine between $700 and $1,000.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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