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Only one will be charged in illegal gathering: P.E.I. RCMP

An RCMP cruiser.
An RCMP cruiser. - File


Only one person will be charged in a gathering that has been forbidden by order of the province’s chief public health officer.

RCMP responded to a call of what was believed to be an illegal gathering just after 8 p.m. on April 2.

A 38-year-old St. Edward woman was issued a summary offence ticket for failing to comply with an order from chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

RCMP Cpl. Nick Doyle says at least six others at the gathering in a dwelling were only issued a warning.

He notes because the woman had also committed a criminal code offence, discretion was used to charge her with a summary offence rather than issue a warning as was the case with the others.

RCMP are enforcing non-compliance to Morrison’s measures to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19 strain).

Law enforcement can issue fines starting at $1,000 for the first offence, $2,000 for the second offence and $10,000 for the third and subsequent offences.

This applies to anyone who is not self-isolating when required. Anyone who has returned from international travel since March 8 is required to self-isolate for 14 days, as are people who have returned from another province since March 21. Exceptions are truck drivers, airline crews and other essential workers.

Morrison's order also applies to forbidding persons being in a gathering of more than five people that are not persons living in the same dwelling.

She said in her daily briefing Thursday Islanders should continue following public health guidance over the Easter weekend.

To report people failing to follow the practices outlined by Morrison, contact the toll-free COVID-19 information line at 1-800-958-6400.

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