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), 365 calls were made during the week of November 23 to 29 from neighbours and locals worried about Montrealers breaking public health’s COVID-19 guidelines.
The SPVM says police officers issued 82 red zone violation infractions due to the calls and inspected nine “licensed establishments,” 39 schools, and 83 “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 23 au 29 novembre, le #SPVM a reçu 365 appels en lien avec l’application du décret de la Santé publique. Les policiers ont remis 82 constats ou RIG, en plus d’inspecter 9 établissements licenciés, 39 établissements scolaires et 83 lieux autres. pic.twitter.com/hIGFRqnUOz
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) November 30, 2020
At the end of September, 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.”
Montreal police did not comment on fine amounts of the 82 offences.