Kingston Police charge 10 people under COVID-19 emergency order

File photo of Kingston City Hall. (Kimberley Johnson / CTV News Ottawa)

Kingston Police have been busy handing out tickets to those violating the City's emergency order for COVID-19.

The order was put in place two weeks ago to try and compel people in the downtown core to not gather in groups larger than 10 people. 

New numbers show 10 fines were handed out between Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, with fines roughly $500 each. 

Data shows by-law officers and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health also laid 18 charges under the City's nuisance by-law, which was strengthened by council in the summer to try and clamp down on crowds and large parties that could spread COVID-19. 55 complaints were also filed with public health in connection to the by-law over the past week.

Health officials continue to urge residents to follow public health advice and avoid large gatherings. The Ford Government recently moved to limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and 25 outside in response to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the province.