11 charges laid after house party breaks COVID by-laws: Hamilton Police

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Published March 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm

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A house party that Hamilton Police say attracted approximately 50 guests has resulted in 11 charges under the Reopening Ontario and Highway Traffic Act.

The party occurred during a short-term rental accommodation in Flamborough, according to police.

Officers arrived just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday (Mar. 4) after reports of a house party in progress.

Upon arrival, officers reported “10-15” vehicles parked in front of the house and approximately 50 people inside.

“Hamilton is currently in the red zone of the COVID-19 response framework,” police reminded. “This means all events and social gatherings are restricted to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Fines can be laid for those in violation of the current legislation.”

This is the second report of a large gathering at a short-term rental accommodation in Hamilton over the past two weeks.

Police also responded to reports of a large house party on Feb. 20, in upper Stoney Creek. The initial reports were for approximately 40 individuals but when officers arrived they say there were approximately 150 individuals in attendance.

A summons for hosting a house party can carry a minimum $10,000 fine under the Reopening Ontario act. Those who are considered guests at a party can receive a $880 ticket.

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