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22 people fined $1,000 for violating COVID-19 gathering limits

Halifax police fined the large group at a residence early Saturday morning
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Halifax Regional Police have ticketed 22 people $1,000 for violating COVID-19 gathering limits.

Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, police responded to a report of a large social gathering that exceeded the provincially-mandated gathering limits.

Officers arrived at a residence on Jubilee Road in Halifax and ticketed 22 people.

"HRP is reminding everyone to follow the current public health measures related to the Covid-19 emergency," a news release says.

"We strongly advise members of the public to educate and re-educate themselves on these public health directives and COVID-19 enforcement measures, including, those related to illegal gatherings and associated fines."

The 22 people violated 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act which carries a fine of $1,000.

As COVID-19 cases continue rising in Nova Scotia, the province announced a near-lockdown earlier this week.

As of April 23 at 8 a.m., the maximum gathering limit has been reduced to five, both indoors and outdoors.

"Enforcement of these restrictions remains a vital part of the overall strategy to curb the pandemic. We all must follow the rules and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," the news release says.

Chris Stoodley

About the Author: Chris Stoodley

Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as CityNews Halifax's weekend editor.
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