Manitoba’s enforcement of COVID-19 health orders resulted in many more warnings than tickets last week, but nearly 50 will have to reach into their pockets.
A total of 205 warnings and 46 tickets were issued for the week of Jan. 18 to 24 including:
• 29 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences;
• 16 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places; and
• one $5,000 ticket to a business.
Officials advise that 22 of the 29 tickets for $1,296 that were issued last week were in relation to gatherings in private residences or outdoors.
Although the province has made moderate changes to public health orders, they remain in effect and must be followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Manitobans are reminded to stick to the fundamentals of physical distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask.
All retail establishments are now open for business provided they maintain physical distancing and occupancy limits. Enforcement officials continue to work with these businesses to provide guidance and the majority of interactions are educational in nature.
Manitobans can continue reporting compliance and enforcement issues. Those empowered to enforce public health orders include: RCMP, law enforcement agencies, provincial employees and municipal partners. Threatening behaviour towards public health or enforcement officials will not be tolerated.
Since enforcement efforts began in April, a total of 2,599 warnings and 843 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $1.2 million in fines to businesses and individuals.
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.
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:
For information about online events and activities designed to make staying home a little easier, visit Safe at Home Manitoba at www.safeathomemb.ca/.