Between October 26 and November 1, 2020, the Manitoba RCMP received 182 calls related to COVID-19.
Enforcement was not required for most of the calls as they were resolved through education and/or guidance given by responding officers.
In five instances, officers issued a verbal warning. In three instances, fines were issued for Failing to Comply with a Provincial Emergency Order, under the Public Health Act:
- On October 28, 2020, Stonewall RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. The female was fined for not wearing a mask.
- On October 30, 2020, Cross Lake RCMP responded to a house party, and the homeowner was fined for having more then 5 people in her residence.
- On October 30, 2020, Norway House RCMP responded to a report of an adult female who was not self-isolating as directed. The female had been warned in the past, and was issued a fine.
Since April 9, 2020, Manitoba RCMP have issued 77 warnings and 42 fines.
Manitobans living outside of Winnipeg are reminded not to call 911 for COVID-19 related issues. Reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry line at 1-866-626-4862.
Statement from Chief Superintendent Rob Hill, Criminal Operations Officer, Manitoba RCMP
The focus of our officers since the very beginning of the pandemic has been on providing education and issuing warnings, however, with the dramatic rise in cases across the province we recognize that a shift is now required.
While officers will still have discretion, I have made it clear that ticketing is the preferred option for individuals who are blatantly disregarding the public health orders and putting lives at risk. This is about protecting the health and safety of every Manitoban. We all need to do our part to help reduce and stop the spread of this virus.