Police on the South Shore fined six people for engaging in a gathering at a home in Saint-Constant, violating social distancing rules.\nNeighbours first alerted the police to the incident.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nA house party in Saint-Constant was broken up by local police in the early hours of the morning. Six people, including four between the ages of 18 and 22 and two minors,* were given tickets. Roussillon Intermunicipal Police were alerted to the party by neighbours who were concerned about social distancing rules, a police spokesperson told MTL Blog.\nPolice were called to the private residence at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. Officers found the individuals engaging in a gathering and handed out the fines.\nSince the beginning of the public health emergency, Quebec police authorities have been mandated to crack down on people who violate public health directives.\nAuthorities can hand out fines of between $1,000 and $6,000. Across the province, local and provincial police have increased patrols and established checkpoints to enforce social distancing and limit non-essential travel.\nOn March 26, the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) handed out what appears to have been the first such fine in the province: $1,000 to an individual who hosted a house party.\nThursday morning's incident in Saint-Constant saw the adults receive a $1,000 fine ($1,500 with fees) while the minors each received a $500 fine ($570 with fees).\nThis marks one of the first instances where Roussillon Municipal Police had to crack down on social distancing violators, the spokesperson explained.\nAlmost all public gatherings in Quebec have been banned since the beginning of the ongoing health crisis.\nPosted by Ville de Saint-Constant on Monday, March 23, 2020\nThere are exceptions, however, for essential workers who must gather in the workplace, for public transit, and for service providers.\nREAD ALSO: Salary Bonus Applications Open In May For Eligible Quebec Essential Workers\nA house party, though, doesn't fall under these exemptions.\nOnly gatherings of occupants of the same household are still allowed.\nLe #SPVM appelle la population à poursuivre sa collaboration et son respect des directives gouvernementales de distanciation sociale. Si vous souhaitez faire part de situations portant atteinte à ces directives, consultez notre site : https://t.co/gOjMnBYxms#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/WDQhMezT8O— Police Montréal (@SPVM) March 28, 2020\nIn March, an SPVM spokesperson told MTL Blog that "the SPVM relies on the good faith of Montrealers to follow all government directives, including those concerning social distancing."\n#COVID19 | Certaines situations devraient être signalées aux policiers. Pour ce faire, contactez votre poste de police local ou composez le 310-4141 ou *4141. Pour en savoir plus, consultez notre capsule vidéo : https://t.co/CU1p3SyIar pic.twitter.com/h6CYTGiPfW— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) April 8, 2020\nPremier François Legault has suggested that social distancing regulations will persist well into the future.\n"You have to get used to the two-metre rule in Quebec. That will take months," he said on April 8.\nStay tuned for more news.\n*This article has been updated.