Weapons complaint in Halifax leads to COVID-19 fines for 10 people

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Police say 10 adults, not part of the same household, broke public health protocols Sunday in Spryfield. (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)
Police say 10 adults, not part of the same household, broke public health protocols Sunday in Spryfield. (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)

Halifax police responded to a weapons complaint Sunday, and ended up ticketing 10 people for breaking public health orders.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, Halifax Regional Police issued a news release that stated officers were on scene at a residence on Old Sambro Road in Spryfield. Police said the incident started with a report earlier that day of a man pointing a firearm.

Responding officers blocked off a section of Old Sambro Road and Dentith Road.

At 4 a.m. Monday, police issued an update stating the issue had been resolved. No criminal charges were laid, but police handed out fines to 10 adults who for breaking exceeding the gathering limit ordered under the Health Protection Act.

Currently, social gatherings, indoor or outdoor, are not to exceed five people, unless they are all part of the same household bubble. Police said the 10 people ticketed early Monday were not from the same household.

The fine for a first offence is $2,000, recently increased from $1,000.

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