Police issued an eye-watering amount of tickets following a private gathering in Quebec this weekend, with those involved facing fines of over $50,000 in total.
According to reports from Radio Canada, via CBC News, a large group of people were caught gathering in a chalet in Stoneham, near Quebec City, on Saturday night.
It’s a violation of the province’s current COVID-19 regulations, which prohibit indoor private gatherings in large numbers.
Per the reports, Quebec provincial police responded to complaints from neighbours at around 8:30 p.m. at a rented chalet on Blanc Road.
There were so many people in attendance, it took officers until around 3 a.m. to identify everybody involved.
By the early hours of Sunday morning, police had handed out 36 tickets of $1,500 — totalling $54,000.
It’s believed the majority of attendees had travelled from outside the Capitale-Nationale region, which is expected to move from a red zone to an orange zone on Monday.
They aren't the first group of Canadians to face hefty penalties for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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