A 22 year-old female has been issued a sizeable fine for disobeying the Province’s Public Health Orders around private gatherings during the pandemic.
On Sunday, November 1, 2020, at about 1:00 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of 12th Avenue North and Sturdy Street for a report of a large party going on with approximately 50 people in attendance. When police arrived and located the gathering, they observed about 30 people running away: through the back yard of the residence and over the fence into a nearby park. Police spoke with the residents at that address and advised them they were in violation of the Public Health Order limiting the size of private gatherings. The officers further advised the residents that the Saskatchewan Health Authority would be notified and there may be follow-up from police. On November 5, 2020, at approximately 11:35 a.m., an RPS officer went back to the residence and issued a ticket for contravening S.61 of The Public Health Act, 1994. The ticket has a voluntary payment option of $2,800.
This incident is not a criminal offence. The charge is a Summary Offence Ticket Information (SOTI), under a Provincial Statute. The Regina Police Service will not be releasing the individual’s name.
The Regina Police Service urges Regina residents to familiarize themselves with the Public Health Orders in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is more at stake than tickets and fines. We all have a responsibility when it comes to community health and safety.