On March 31, Mayor Patrick Brown issued by-laws including fines between $500 to $100,000 dollars for people who don’t follow rules and regulations of physical distancing.

Later that day a call came into 311 from a resident who complained about a backyard party in their neighbourhood.

“[Tuesday] night, a call came into 311 about a backyard party of 20 people who showed complete disregard for the physical distancing requirements of public health,” said Mayor Patrick Brown during a separate media conference call the next day. “The first night of these new fines, bylaw with the assistance of Peel police, laid their first fine and it’s not going to be the minimum … it’s going to go straight to court and will be up to a judge to decide. [The fine] could be up to $100,000.”

The City of Brampton issued a release stating: “If residents wish to report a non-compliant business, the use of City-owned facilities that are closed (other than essential services) or gatherings of more than five people, they are asked to call 311. A by-law enforcement officer and/or security personnel will investigate the complaint to ensure compliance and may lay charges when appropriate.”

As of today, April 7, Mayor Patrick Brown reports that eight more citations have been issued.

Feature image – M.J. Dixon Construction

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