Quebec Premier François Legault announced additional enforcement of the public health rules in place in red zones of the province, Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches.
“If you’re inviting guests for a party, you’re breaking the law,” Legault said. “When this happens, police officers can give fines of $1,000.”
He went on to say that if someone is not cooperating with police, a warrant can be requested and received in the same night, but also confirmed officers will not be on a “witch hunt” knocking on random doors throughout these regions.
Anyone who is not wearing a mask during a public protest can also receive a $1,000 fine.
“Outside gatherings will also be forbidden,” Legault said. “Police officers will start by trying to disperse the gatherings but if people don’t cooperate they could get tickets.”
The premier confirmed that people who live in red zones cannot go to restaurants in orange zones, but business owners will not be required to verify their address.
“The work of police officers won’t be easy in the weeks to come so I want to thank them for applying the public health rules and mostly, for protecting us,” Legault said. “We cannot accept that a majority of people pay for the negligence of the minority.”