16 partygoers facing fines after Halloween gathering in Val-des-Monts

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Police in the Outaouais say they're fining 16 young people who attended a Halloween party in Val-des-Monts, Que., on the weekend.

According to Sgt. Martin Fournel, spokesperson for MRC des Collines police, officers arrived at the house around 2 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Fournel said the attendees were in their 20s, and each person will be fined $1,000.

He said police were alerted to the party after someone saw photos on Instagram and called them.

It's the second time in just over a week police in western Quebec have broken up a party that flouted gathering rules in the region.

Good reminder of the rules, police say

MRC des Collines police fined 83 students $1,000 each after an Airbnb house party in Chelsea, Que., last weekend.

Fournel called this latest incident a good reminder of the rules in effect.

Both Gatineau, Que., and MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais were upgraded to the maximum level on Quebec's COVID-19 alert scale in early October.

The upgrade comes with increased restrictions, including a ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households.

"Everyone there knew the rules of the red zone," Fournel wrote by email.