COVID-19 – Fines issued in relation to gathering hosted on St. Patrick’s Day

Today, City of London Municipal Law Enforcement Officers issued two Provincial Offence Notices following an investigation into a gathering that took place on St. Patrick’s Day.

On March 17, Municipal Law Enforcement Officers received information of an indoor gathering in excess of 10 people at a residence on Broughdale Avenue. As a result of the investigation, two 21-year-old females have each been issued a fine for hosting an indoor gathering which exceeded the number permitted, contrary to the Reopening Ontario Act.

Those who host parties or gatherings in violation of Provincial regulations can face a minimum fine of $10,000 on conviction.

At the time of St. Patrick’s Day, under the Orange/Restrict category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, the maximum number of people permitted to attend a non-business organized public event and/or social gathering was limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

“Gathering limits are in place for the well-being of our community, and we will not hesitate to take available enforcement actions when our community is put at risk,” says Orest Katolyk, Chief By-Law Officer. “The minimum fine, as set by the Province, clearly indicates the seriousness of the offence.”

With London-Middlesex now in the Red/Control category of the Provincial framework, Londoners are reminded that the limit for all organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained, is now 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Last modified:Tuesday, April 06, 2021