Police receive almost 500 calls about Montrealers breaking coronavirus restrictions

Nov 2 2020, 1:13 pm

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), 470 calls were made during the week of October 26 from neighbours and locals worried about Montrealers breaking public health’s COVID-19 guidelines.

The SPVM says police officers issued 58 red zone violation infractions due to the calls and inspected 351 “licensed establishments,” 106 schools, and 375 “other locations.”

Montreal will continue to be placed under red zone protocols until at least November 23, with “maximum restrictions,” including the prohibiting of gatherings and non-essential activities.

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 58 offences.

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