- House partygoers earned over $10,000 in total fines from police in Terrebonne, Quebec.
- They held up in the house and refused to cooperate for over seven hours.
Social distancing rule breakers have once again incurred hefty fines. On Sunday, Terrebonne, Quebec police were called to break up a house party and fined seven people a total of $10,822. That's $1,546 each. The party was broken up at around 7:40 a.m. after the people in the house decided to cooperate with police officers.
According to a press release, municipal police were called to the scene at around 8:50 p.m. on Saturday night. Hearing loud music and voices, police estimated that a party was taking place.
The residents of the home didn't cooperate with police at first, officers therefore had to wait for legal means to enter the house.
Police ended up waiting all night and at roughly 7:40 in the morning on Sunday, "the guests finally cooperated" and the officers entered the home. They handed out the large fine to seven adults.
Across the province, people gathering in large groups could face penalties of $1,000 to $6,000. Since these regulations have been in place, there have been numerous incidents where police authorities have had to enforce the rules.
Last week, police on the South Shore handed out a total of $5,000 in fines to six people, including two minors.
In Gatineau, police issued a fine of $1,000 to an individual who hosted a small gathering of friends in their home.
Terrebonne || 20200420 INTERDICTION DE RASSEMBLEMENT 7 CONSTATS POUR UN PARTY #PoliceTRB #COVIDー19 https://t.co/2cKorkNygJ— Police Terrebonne (@Police Terrebonne) 1587395243.0
The only kinds of indoor or outdoor public gatherings allowed in the province are for essential workers in the workplace, public transit users, and those who are receiving an essential service.
In Montreal, the SPVM has already cracked down on numerous public gathering rule breakers. Montreal police chief Sylvain Caron said that "if there is no cooperation, offence reports will be given."
Même par une belle journée, la distanciation physique reste importante. Le #SPVM est très présent dans les parcs mu… https://t.co/0oYtLfPh25— Police Montréal (@Police Montréal) 1586022348.0
Elsewhere in the province, police have established checkpoints to limit non-essential travel.
Vidéo de nos collègues de la Sûreté du Québec qui explique bien les situations pertinentes à une dénonciation. Le 9… https://t.co/IKFyDs6nLi— Police Terrebonne (@Police Terrebonne) 1586431371.0
Terrebonne police have asked residents to report any violations or large public gatherings in private residences.
Stay tuned for more news.