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Manitoba government raises fines for COVID-19 violations amid higher numbers

Last Updated Oct 21, 2020 at 9:41 am PST

Manitoba premier Brian Pallister speaks to media prior to the reading of the Speech from the Throne at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Wednesday, October 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Summary

The Manitoba government is increasing fines for people and businesses who ignore COVID-19 health orders

The fine for individuals will jump to $1,296 from $486, and for businesses the fine will rise to $5,000 from $2,542

COVID-19 case numbers have jumped sharply in the province since the summer

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is increasing fines for people and businesses who ignore public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fine for individuals will jump to $1,296 from $486, and for businesses the fine will rise to $5,000 from $2,542.

The province has already levied fines against several businesses suspected of not following capacity limits, physical distancing or other rules.

Premier Brian Pallister says the province is also working to change regulations so that municipal bylaw officers can enforce the rules.

He says, as of last week, 134 fines had been issued.

COVID-19 case numbers have jumped sharply in the province since the summer, especially in the greater Winnipeg area, where tighter restrictions have been imposed.