Quebec City police issued 52 tickets for COVID-19 violations on New Year's Eve

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Quebec City police say they issued 52 tickets for violations of the province's COVID-19 regulations last night over gatherings the city's Parliament Hill area.

Police say they'd been advised that private gatherings were planned in the area, allegedly violation of a regional ban.

The New Year's Eve tickets come after the force said this week it had issued 41 tickets between Dec. 21 and 27, most of them related to illegal gatherings.

The fine can be up to $1,546, including fees.

As of 4 a.m. on Friday, Montreal police said there were no major events in its jurisdiction overnight.

Earlier this week, Montreal police said they had issued 34 tickets for violations of COVID-19 regulations during the week of Dec. 21 to 27.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 1, 2021.

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