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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

December 8, 2020

COVID-19 ENFORCEMENT UPDATE



The Manitoba government is providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19. 
 
A total of 285 warnings and 85 tickets were issued last week from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 including:  
nine $5,000 tickets to businesses for various offences;
53 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences;  
15 $298 tickets for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places; and
eight band bylaw tickets were issued by Manitoba First Nations Police Service.
 
A total of $122,046 in fines were issued last week.
 
The province recognizes personnel across various agencies who enforce public health orders. These individuals risk exposure to COVID-19 daily to protect Manitobans from its spread and Manitobans are urged to engage respectfully. While the majority of Manitobans support the intent of public health orders, several incidents over the weekend point to an uptick in abusive behaviour toward these officials, which will not be tolerated. 
 
Officials advise that large gatherings in private residences remain a concern, and remind Manitobans that public health orders remain in effect and must be followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
 
Since enforcement efforts began in April, a total of 913 warnings and 450 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $683,000 in fines to businesses and individuals. 
 
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. 
 
Updated enforcement statistics are now posted online weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html
 
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. 
 
Officials advise that most business and individuals are supportive of current public health orders to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19, while some require additional education and enforcement. 
 
Manitobans can report compliance and enforcement issues by visiting www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 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.
 
The Manitoba government is taking strong action to protect Manitobans and ensure timely access to care. Current orders under the Public Health Act are available at:
https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders-soe-11222020.pdf
 
Manitobans are reminded to adhere to all current public health orders and stay home. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 
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