Niagara Regional Police report that two people have been charged in violation of COVID-19 emergency orders.
Police were called to a hotel on Friday December 11th in Niagara Falls at Fallsview Blvd and Murray St. in regards to an unwanted person and found a gathering in one of the rooms of over 30 people of which many were not wearing face masks.
Detectives immediately started an investigation into the unlawful gathering as defined by the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and also discovered that a similar incident occurred on December 5, involving over 20 young adults.
Both gatherings required Police to intervene and all those in attendance were eventually evicted.
As a result of the investigation, 2 people were charged with failing to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order.
A 21-year-old male as well as an 18-year-old female, both from Niagara Falls, are facing charges now as social gatherings are limited to under 10 people per premise, with a resulting fine of $880.00.
Since they have been fined under Provincial legislation and not charged under the Criminal Code, their names are not being released.
The investigation also resulted in the arrest of one individual for not leaving the premise when directed to do so.
The Niagara Regional Police Service has been working in cooperation and collaboration with our community partners which includes Regional and Municipal by-law officials since the beginning of the pandemic in the enforcement of Emergency Orders.
The NRPS joins Public Health Officials in calling on Niagara residents and visitors to Niagara to adhere to the Emergency Orders to prevent the spread of the virus.
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