A total of 249 warnings and 48 tickets were issued for the week of Jan. 4 to 10, including 33 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences, eight tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places and six $5,000 tickets to businesses.
Officials advise that 22 of the 33 $1,296 tickets issued last week were in relation to gatherings in private residences that were reported through the COVID Tip Line. Manitobans are urged to continue reporting compliance and enforcement issues by visiting manitoba.ca and completing the reporting form, or by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free) and pressing option three on the call menu.
As the province continues to enjoy unseasonably warm January temperatures, officials advise that enforcement will maintain an ongoing presence at outdoor recreational venues to ensure compliance with public health orders. While Manitobans are encouraged to continue enjoying outdoor activities, individuals are reminded to practice the fundamentals. Do not gather in groups of more than five and maintain a separation of at least two metres unless you reside at the same residence.
Public health orders remain in effect and must be followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For information about online events and activities designed to make staying home a little easier, visit Safe at Home Manitoba at safeathomemb.ca.
Almost 3,300 personnel across various agencies are empowered to enforce public health orders to protect Manitobans. This includes RCMP, law enforcement agencies, provincial employees and municipal partners, such as the City of Winnipeg. Since enforcement efforts began in April, a total of 2,211 warnings and 720 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $1 million in fines to businesses and individuals.
Updated enforcement statistics are now posted online weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at gov.mb.ca.
In addition to a $298 fine for not wearing a mask in indoor public places, fine amounts for violating public health orders have been set at $1,296 for tickets issued to individuals, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, and $5,000 for tickets issued to corporations.
The Manitoba government is taking strong action to protect Manitobans and ensure timely access to care.
Manitobans are reminded to adhere to all current public health orders and stay home. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit manitoba.ca.