Effective November 2, 2020, in response to increasing cases of COVID-19, the Winnipeg Metro Region was moved to Critical Level (red). The Winnipeg Police Service has begun triaging calls from the public regarding gathering sizes in private residences and will dispatch resources to intervene as required.
The Provincial Public Health Order has limited public and private group gathering sizes to five, in addition to the household. Fines for individual breaches have been increased to $1,296 – the second-highest penalty of its kind in Canada. The Winnipeg Police Service response is intended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public, and we will continue to remind people of the measures they can take to ensure their own safety.
The Winnipeg Police Service is one of several enforcement bodies who can intervene in breaches. Those who continue to gather in contravention of public health orders may be subject to enforcement action.