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12 new fines issued to those not following COVID safety measures

Two were handed out as a result of Sunday's anti-lockdown rally in Uptown Waterloo
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FILE PHOTO. Regional headquarters. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

12 new fines have been issued in Waterloo Region to those not following the safety measures put in place to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Regional Chair Karen Redman provided the details during Friday morning's weekly media briefing.

Two of the fines (each for $880) were issued by Waterloo bylaw as a result of this past Sunday's anti-lockdown protest in Uptown Waterloo.

Nicole Papke is Director of Municipal Enforcement Services with the City of Waterloo.

She said while two tickets have already been issued relating to the demonstration, bylaw is working on following up with two other individuals. 

Two court summons are set to be issued, and each individual will be facing three charges. 

She added bylaw will continue to work closely with police relating to these rallies. 

Cherri Greeno, Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Information with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, provided the following statement to 570 NEWS, "We are in the process of issuing tickets to individuals in relation to the two recent events that occurred in Waterloo Region. These take time to process, but we want to reassure the community that there are charges pending."

Greeno added, "Our main focus at these events remains public safety and we will continue to monitor with bylaw agencies to gather evidence that will allow us to continue laying tickets at a later date. We will also continue to proactively patrol areas throughout the Region. We want to remind the community that we remain under a stay-at-home order and we encourage them to abide by the provincial rules and public health guidelines."

The rest of the recent enforcement actions are detailed below:

  • Waterloo bylaw issued three tickets at private residences for gatherings - each ticket for $880
  • Kitchener bylaw issued two tickets for gatherings at private residences - each ticket for $880
  • Police issued two $880 tickets at Victoria Park for a gathering
  • GRT handed out two tickets for failing to wear a mask - each was $240
  • Regional bylaw issued one ticket to BRL sports group/FC Berlin to an individual for failing to wear a mask - $240

"As we work towards community immunization, we continue to require public health measures in order to save lives. I want to thank the majority of Waterloo Region residents for following these laws and bylaws and thinking about the impact that they have on other members of our community," said Regional Chair Karen Redman. "At the same time, it is disappointing to see some people at large gatherings that have occurred with flagrant disregard of public health measures, especially as fellow community members have to celebrate Eid, Mother's Day, Police Week, and Nursing Week virtually."

"It is particularly offensive when these gatherings amplify hateful and discriminatory messages," Redman added.

- With files from Erin Anderson

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