RCMP are stressing to the the public that participating in any type of large gathering at this time is a contravention of the Public Health Orders currently in place by the Province of Manitoba. Contravening these orders puts people at risk, and we all have a role to play in keeping Manitobans safe.

It is important to know what the directions are under the Public Health Orders. In the Steinbach area, people have been attending worship services. Please note, the Public Health Orders supersede all other acts in the interest of public safety. All places of worship must be closed and drive-in religious services, even if you remain in your vehicle at all times, are not permitted. Gatherings of more than five people at any outdoor or indoor public place are prohibited.

“Our goal is certainly not to hand out a bunch of tickets,” said Steinbach Detachment Commander S/Sgt Harold Laninga. “We want to keep everyone from coming to a large gathering in the first place. It is important to us that all citizens are aware of what the current orders are so they can abide by them. As always, our first and foremost goal is to keep everyone safe, and in these unprecedented times, that means staying at home.”

The RCMP will continue to work closely with the Province of Manitoba and all our partner enforcement agencies to protect the citizens of Manitoba.

As a reminder, there is a new $298 fine for not wearing a mask in indoor public places. Fine amounts for violating public health orders have been set at $1296 for tickets issued to individuals, and $5000 for tickets issued to corporations.

For more information on what the Public Health Orders are, please visit gov.mb.ca.