Dozens of people protesting Quebec curfew fined for violating it on first night

Québec city at night, view from Lévis city. by Wilfredor

MONTREAL — Police forces across Quebec handed out dozens of tickets to people protesting the province’s new COVID-19-related curfew shortly after it went into effect at last night.

Quebec City police spokesman Const. Etienne Doyon says approximately 20 people protesting the curfew were ticketed around 8:20 p.m. adding some of those individuals were detained after they refused to identify themselves.

Montreal police spokeswoman Const. Caroline Chevrefils says 17 tickets were issued to people protesting the measure in the city’s Plateau borough.

Sherbrooke police said they issued around a dozen fines to people protesting the province’s COVID-19 regulations.

Quebec’s Public Security Minister, Genevieve Guilbault thanked Quebecers for cooperating with the measure in a post on Twitter today.

The curfew, intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. over the next four weeks.

Those caught violating the new measure could face fines of up to $6,000.