For the first time in the pandemic, the Quebec police on Thursday executed a telewarrant to dissolve a party of friends in the face of the total lack of collaboration of the ten offenders who were gathered illegally in a home, which could result in them in fines possibly totaling more than $ 10,000.
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The Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) intervened in the evening on avenue des Braves, in the Montcalm sector, after a citizen denunciation concerning a gathering of several people in a private residence.
Remember that Quebec City is still the subject of a maximum public health alert. It is therefore prohibited to receive visitors from another address at home, except in very specific rare exceptions.
But once there, the police encountered a total lack of collaboration from the individuals. The peace officers met with the person in charge of the premises and explained to him the nature of the sanitary rules on several occasions. The latter refused to let them in.
“Given the circumstances and reasonable grounds to believe that the number of people who may be in the residence did not comply with what is stipulated in the Public Health decree, a telewarrant was requested from the appropriate authorities in order to enter. After obtaining it, the police were able to enter the residence to ascertain the facts “, describes Étienne Doyon, spokesperson for the SPVQ”
It took a few hours to get permission from a judge.
“This is the first time that we have executed a telewarrant regarding public health regulation. To my knowledge, this is the first time in the province, ”says Mr. Doyon.
A total of ten people, aged between 25 and 40, were inside. They were the subject of a general offense report concerning an illegal gathering in a private house. Unlike a portable statement of offense, the general offense report is submitted to a prosecutor who will determine whether fines will be remitted, and how much.
Each offender is liable to a fine ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.
“The SPVQ would like to point out that it acts first and foremost in raising awareness and above all seeks the collaboration of citizens in the application of the regulations on health instructions. However, as in the present case, when illegal gatherings are observed and there is a lack of collaboration from the offenders, the police will not hesitate to use the legal tools at their disposal to enforce the rules decreed by the government. ”Says Mr. Doyon.