Operation OSCAR: Police to visit bars, restaurants this weekend

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Officers will be verifying that all those rules are being followed.

“If activities happening in an establishment represent a risk to public health, officers can notify the public health department, who can take the necessary measures,” a ministry press release states. “Furthermore, if officers note infractions, they can issue tickets.”

The minister specified that those who break the rules can face fines between $400 and $1,000. Fines could climb to $6,000 for a second offence.

Montreal police chief Sylvain Caron said 40 police officers would perform checks at about 250 establishments in Montreal this weekend.

Officers are expected to issue more warnings than tickets and they will not be allowed to immediately shut down bars or restaurants that are in violation of health protocols. Caron said they will be able to request an immediate meeting, within 24 hours, with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, which can decide to shut down an establishment.