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More than 1,300 COVID-19 tickets handed out to lawbreakers this past week

More than 1,300 COVID-19 tickets handed out to lawbreakers this past week
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Montreal police have been overwhelmed with phone calls regarding citizens claiming COVID-19 protocols weren’t being followed.

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) received hundreds of calls this past week from people who were concerned that neighbours and locals were breaking public health guidelines.

According to Montreal police, they issued a total of 773 tickets and general infraction reports between Jan. 18 and Jan. 24 connected to violations of COVID-19 regulations. Of those, 396 were handed out for not respecting the curfew which prevents citizens from travelling without a valid reason between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Sûreté du Québec reported earlier today that between Jan. 18 and Jan. 24 its officers had issued 531 tickets and general infraction reports connected to COVID-19 regulation violations, with 379 of those violations involving folks who broke the curfew order.

The previous week, the SQ had issued 587 tickets and infraction reports, 499 of those for curfew violations.

Fine for anyone breaking the rules range from $1,000 to $6,000.


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