Here’s how many charges were issued for gatherings over the Easter long weekend in Mississauga

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Published April 6, 2021 at 7:55 pm

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The City of Mississauga issued over two dozen tickets to individuals who allegedly attended gatherings that ran afoul of current COVID-19 restrictions over the past week.

According to a recent enforcement report, 25 tickets (with fines of $880) were issued in response to illegal gatherings between March 30 and April 4. 

One business was fined, but no fines were issued in parks or in response to mask bylaw violations. 

Over the course of the pandemic, 243 fines have been issued to businesses and 454 fines have been handed out to individuals violating gathering limits. 

According to the city, the most recent gathering-related tickets were issued over the Easter long weekend, with 14 being issued at a “car meet” on Good Friday and nine tickets being issued at another “car meet” on Easter Sunday. 

On March 31, a driving school giving in-person instruction was issued a ticket. 

On April 2, a restaurant was fined for hosting 75 to 100 people in an enclosed outdoor tent. According to the report, there was dancing, no distancing and people not wearing masks or face-coverings. 

On April 3 and 4, two more restaurants were fined for hosting private gatherings. 

Under current COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in covered tents (patio dining was still permitted until midnight on April 2, but restaurants were not allowed to operate enclosed tents). 

Outdoor gatherings of more than five people are not permitted and private indoor gatherings of any kind are not allowed. 

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