Winnipeg, Manitoba – Between April 21 and April 27, 2020, the Manitoba RCMP received 99 calls related to COVID-19. The majority of the calls were reports of ten or more people gathering at a location and not respecting the orders in place under The Public Health Act.
Enforcement was not required for most of the calls as they either did not fall under the purview of the RCMP or were resolved through education and/or guidance given by responding officers.
In seven instances, officers attended the location of the complaint and issued a verbal warning.
In another incident that occurred on April 25, officers from the Gillam Detachment were notified that an adult male had been instructed by medical staff at a local hospital to self-isolate for 14-days and await the results of a COVID-19 test. The male advised the medical staff he would not comply and left the hospital on foot. Officers patrolled the area and later located the male in the community where he was advised he needed to return home to self-isolate, and was even offered a ride by police, but the male refused. The male was charged with Failing to Comply with a Provincial Emergency Order under the Public Health Act and issued a ticket.
The RCMP would like to thank all Manitobans for their continued support and cooperation.
Manitobans living outside of Winnipeg are reminded not to call 911 for COVID-19 related issues. Reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry line at 1-866-626-4862.
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