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Hamilton police ticket 14 COVID-19 rule breakers

Fourteen members from a group of 18 have been ticketed for failing to wear masks, practise social distancing, and refusing to disperse when requested, Hamilton police say.

Individuals failed to wear masks or practise social distancing

Hamilton police and bylaw officers ticketed the individuals under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which carries a fine of $880. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Fourteen members from a group of 18 have been ticketed for failing to wear masks, practise social distancing, and refusing to disperse when requested, Hamilton police say.

Hamilton police and bylaw officers ticketed the individuals on Tuesday under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which carries a fine of $880.

According to a news release from the police, the group — made up of people from across Ontario — assembled at the corner of Bay Street South and Main Street West.

Police say the group has held similar events in other jurisdictions and has planned further demonstrations in Woodstock and London.

The 14 people ticketed are all adults and police said none of them were homeless.

Hamilton police have laid 27 charges since the stay-at-home order came into effect on Thursday, Jan. 14, but residents have been largely compliant with the current restrictions.

Police are reminding the public that participation in such events could lead to charges.

The stay-at-home order requires individuals to stay at home except for essential purposes.

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