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Canada COVID-19: Partying Gatineau tenant fined $1,200 under Quebec's stringent anti-virus rules

14:47  26 march  2020
14:47  26 march  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Gatineau police have issued a city tenant tickets totalling $1,200 plus costs in the city’s first crackdown on large assemblies forbidden under Quebec’s stringent COVID-19 containment measures.

Police were called shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday for complaints about a noisy party in a Hull apartment building.

Arriving officers could hear the noise from outside the building and “surmised there were several people” in the apartment.

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Inside, the officers determined two of the five people present were not residents.

“According to procedure, the officers tried an approach based on information and awareness,” police said in a release.

“However, those present refused to cooperate.”

The leaseholder was issued a $200 ticket (plus costs) for contravening the municipal noise bylaws.

The leaseholder also received a ticket for $1,000 under the provincial Public Health Act for having held a gathering in a dwelling.

“Although the SPVG favours a community persuasion approach … police are ready to take coercive measures in the event of a refusal to cooperate.,” the release cautioned.

Under Quebec’s Public Health Act, fines can range from $1,000 to $6,000.

Anyone wishing to report a noisy indoor meeting is asked to call Gatineau police at 819-246-0222.

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