Halifax District RCMP have charged six men and a woman for violating the Health Protection Act following two incidents last week. Also last week, a local business owner was found guilty of violating the Health Protection Act after being charged in January.
On April 24, police were notified that staff at a restaurant in Porters Lake were not wearing masks. Police attended and spoke to the staff. Two men and a woman were charged under section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act for Failure to Wear a Mask That Covers Their Nose and Mouth While Present in a Public Place.
On April 21, police were notified of a gathering at a home in Waverley that may be in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. Police attended and the homeowners refused to answer the door. Eleven vehicles were in the driveway and an additional five vehicles were parked in front of the home. A short time later, police stopped three men nearby after they were seen leaving the home. The homeowner and the three men were all charged under 71(b) of the Health Protection Act for Exceeding Gathering Limits.
On April 22, a 62-year-old man from Middle Sackville appeared in court for trial after RCMP charged him in January 2021 under Section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act for failing to wear a mask in public following a complaint at a restaurant in Lower Sackville. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.
RCMP is reminding everyone to follow all Public Health orders, and municipal bylaws. We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The RCMP thanks Nova Scotians for their continued support and to the vast majority who are adhering to the directives outlined by the provincial government. For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.