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Halifax police taking tougher stance on COVID-19 rule breakers

Halifax Regional Police have received over 500 complaints about public health regulations being broken since the start of November
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Halifax Regional Police headquarters ( file photo)

Anyone who disregards restrictions surrounding COVID-19 can expect a fine, not just a warning.

Halifax Regional Police say they are taking a tougher stance on those who don't wear a mask or take other public health orders seriously as cases of COVID-19 begin to mount in Nova Scotia.

HRP say they have received over 500 complaints about regulations being broken since the start of November on everything from group gatherings to people failing to self-isolate.

Constable John MacLeod says the force is taking a more stringent approach to those who break public health orders, adding police will be ramping up enforcement as needed.

The HRP spokesperson said it's important people do what they can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"We encourage everyone to educate themselves and re-educate themselves," said MacLeod of the province-mandated COVID-19 rules regarding mask-wearing and other public health protocols. "However if we come to an investigation where we find that circumstances warrant in that particular case, certainly enforcement will follow."

MacLeod said police will continue to assess each situation case-by-case.

He added that if people feel like their health is being put at risk or if public health directives are not being followed, they are encouraged to call the Halifax Regional Police non-emergency line at 902-490-5020 for further direction.

The new enforcement direction arrives just as the province announced earlier in the week that illegal gatherings will come with a $1000 fine for every person in attendance, not just the host. 

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