Montreal police have been swarmed with phone calls since the city has been categorized as a “red zone” under the government’s new COVID-19 alert system.
According to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), 410 calls were made during the week of November 30 to December 6 from neighbours and locals worried about Montrealers breaking public health’s COVID-19 guidelines.
The SPVM says police officers issued 177 red zone violation infractions due to the calls, inspected ten “licensed establishments” and 314 “other locations.”
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Montreal will continue to be placed under red zone protocols until at least January 11, with “maximum restrictions,” including prohibiting gatherings and non-essential activities.
Données #COVID19 | Du 30 novembre au 6 décembre, le #SPVM a reçu 410 appels en lien avec l’application du décret de la Santé publique. Les policiers ont remis 177 constats ou RIG, en plus d’inspecter 10 établissements licenciés et 314 lieux autres. pic.twitter.com/mfHJ9vqHJt
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) December 8, 2020
Earlier this fall, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante pleaded with Montrealers to “limit their social contacts and follow the instructions announced by public health. Evenings with friends, family dinner, visits — it’s not the time,” she said.
Montreal police did not comment on fine amounts of the 177 offences.