Montreal police have been swarmed with phone calls from citizens claiming COVID-19 public health guidelines aren’t being followed.
According to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), 587 calls were made during the week of December 7 to 13 from neighbours and locals worried about Montrealers breaking pandemic protocols.
The SPVM says police officers issued 74 red zone violation infractions due to the calls, inspected one “licensed establishments,” 3,314 businesses, and 139 “other locations.”
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Last week, Quebec Premier François Legault said the warning period is “over for Quebecers” who defy the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and says an “increased police presence” will be cracking down on rule-breakers.
Legault says police will be instructed to issue tickets that can range up to $6,000 for individuals and businesses who don’t follow guidelines.
Données #COVID19 | Du 7 au 13 décembre, le #SPVM a reçu 587 appels en lien avec l’application du décret de la Santé publique. Les policiers ont remis 74 constats ou RIG, en plus d’inspecter 1 établissement licencié, 3 314 commerces et 139 lieux autres. pic.twitter.com/TxppsjeC2i
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) December 14, 2020
On Tuesday, the Quebec government announced new restrictions for the province to neutralize the transmission of COVID-19 and relieve the healthcare system.
All non-essential businesses will be shut down from December 25 to January 11, leaving only banks, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, hardware stores, garages, and pet stores.
As for citizens, Quebecers are prohibited from having indoor gatherings, must wear masks indoors, and keep a two-metre distance from others.
Montreal police did not comment on fine amounts of the 74 offences.