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OPP to start issuing fines for gatherings of 50 or more

Individual fines include $750 for failing to comply with an order
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Ontario Provincial Police say they will start fining individuals and businesses who don't comply with the social gathering limit of less than 50 people during a state emergency protocol.

The state of emergency, which was announced last week by Premier Doug Ford, allows the province to order the closure of all facilities providing indoor recreation programs.

These closures apply to all public libraries, private schools, licensed childcare centres, theatres, cinemas, concert venues and all bars and restaurants, with the exception for takeout food and delivery. 

According to provincial police, anyone found in violation of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act could face considerable fines, which will be enforced by police.

Individual fines include $750 for failing to comply with an order and $1000 for obstructions of person. 

Provincial police say corporations who violate the act could be fined $500,000.

The state of emergency will remain in effect until March 31.



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