Police increase presence in Outremont after breaking up a dozen gatherings

In interventions at nine locations on Saturday night, police say they identified 223 people who were violating public health orders.

A police car in Montreal.

After breaking up a string of gatherings in the area on Friday and Saturday, Montreal police have increased their presence in the Outremont and Plateau-Mont-Royal boroughs and set up a “security service” in the area to help public health officials enforce COVID-19 rules.

Police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said the police department intervened in 11 places Saturday afternoon and evening for alleged breaches of public health regulations.

This came after police intervened at three places of worship Saturday morning to break up gatherings exceeding the 10-person limit.

The fines for violations of public health order start at $1,500 and can rise to $6,000.

“Infractions were observed at nine locations,” Chèvrefils said, adding that the organization responsible for each site will be the subject of a report submitted to Quebec’s office of criminal prosecutions (DPCP).

In those nine locations, 223 people were identified as contravening health orders. They could all be fined if the DPCP approves the general infraction report.

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