The Manitoba government is providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19.
Officials advise that enforcement efforts are beginning to pay off, noting that of 5,764 calls received for the week of Dec. 7 to 13, only 48 tickets were issued including:
• seven $5,000 tickets to businesses for various offences,
• 36 $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences,
• five $298 tickets for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places, and
• a total of $82,146 in fines were issued last week.
The province is also providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts at the Church of God (Restoration) in Sarto, officials advise that five individuals received $1,296 tickets related to weekend services.
As the holiday season approaches, officials advise that gatherings in private residences remain a concern. Manitobans are reminded 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 1,207 warnings and 497 tickets have been issued, resulting in more than $761,000 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: