A group of Bramptonians were hit with a hefty fine this weekend after they were caught by police ignoring Ontario social distancing rules. The large group was playing cricket in a field before they were swarmed by police. A video of the incident has since appeared online and it shows just how serious these fines can be. 

In a video that was posted to Instagram, a group of residents can be seen gathered together in a field playing cricket, ignoring the social distancing rules that have been put in place since the state of emergency was declared. 

During the clip, multiple cruisers can be seen swarming the large gathering of people, where they then break up the crowd and issue out fines to those who were involved. 

Police told the Toronto Sun that the incident took place over the weekend in a field near the Creditview and Mayfield Rd. area. Out of the 13 people that were gathered in the area, 11 were fined $880 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 

"Upon investigation, 11 individuals were charged under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for failing to obey a provincial order and were issued tickets in the amount of $880. Two individuals departed the area before Peel Regional Police arrived," city spokesman Megan Bell told the Sun

Bell also stated a similar incident had taken place on Sunday around 4:30 p.m. at the CAA Centre at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S., near Hwy. 407.

"Seven individuals were observed by officers to be playing cricket in the field. Upon investigation, seven individuals were charged for failing to obey a provincial order and were issued tickets in the amount of $880," she added.

Brampton currently holds some of the strictest fines for failing to social distance in Canada which ranging from $500 to a whopping $100,000.

The city of Brampton issued its first ticket under their physical distancing bylaw earlier this month.

A resident called 311 to report a backyard party being held with about 20 people in attendance. It is unclear how many people who attended the party were charged.

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