Gatineau Police issue $1,000 fine for gathering at apartment during COVID-19 pandemic

The side of a Gatineau police cruiser is seen in this undated photo.

A Gatineau tenant has been fined $1,000 for hosting a gathering at a Hull apartment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last weekend, the Quebec Government banned all public gatherings in a bid to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, including gatherings in an indoor setting.

Gatineau Police officers responded to a noise complaint at an apartment building in the Hull sector around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.  There were five people in an apartment, including two people that did not live in the unit.

Police say the $1,000 fine was issued after the group refused to cooperate with the request to shut down the event. The tenant was also fined $200 for contravening Gatineau’s noise bylaw.

Gatineau Police warn residents could be fined between $1,000 and $6,000 for violating the Public Health Act banning public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone wanting to report a large gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic can call 819-246-0222. 

Le #SPVG émet un premier constat d'infraction en vertu de la Loi sur la santé publique. Après avoir refusé de collaborer, le locataire d'un logement de #Gatineau a reçu une amende de 1000 $ pour avoir tenu un rassemblement. #COVID19 https://t.co/uulygY56OQ

— PoliceGatineau (@PoliceGatineau) March 25, 2020