Police charge four in Waverley for violating Health Protection Act

An RCMP cruiser at headquarters in Dartmouth. (Healey photo)

WAVERLEY: A homeowner and three men have been charged with flouting the provincial Health measures related to gathering limits after a call to a home in Waverley.

Cpl. Lisa Croteau with Halifax District RCMP said police were notified of a gathering that may be in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Police attended and the homeowners refused to answer the door,” said Cpl. Croteau.

She said officers observed 11 vehicles were in the driveway and an additional five vehicles were parked in front of the home.

“A short time later, police stopped three men nearby after they were seen leaving the home,” she said.

The homeowner and the three men were all charged under 71(b) of the Health Protection Act for Exceeding Gathering Limits. The fine is $1,000 each.

The incident was one of several over the weekend, which saw six men and one-woman overall face charges related to violating the Health Protection Act.

Also last week, a local business owner was found guilty of violating the Health Protection Act after being charged in January.

On April 24, police were notified that staff at a restaurant in Porters Lake were not wearing masks. Police attended and spoke to the staff.

Two men and a woman were charged under section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act for Failure to Wear a Mask That Covers Their Nose and Mouth While Present in a Public Place.

Cpl. Croteau said on April 22, a 62-year-old man from Middle Sackville appeared in court for trial after RCMP charged him in January 2021 under Section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act for failing to wear a mask in public following a complaint at a restaurant in Lower Sackville.

He was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

 RCMP is reminding everyone to follow all Public Health orders, and municipal bylaws. We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The RCMP thanks Nova Scotians for their continued support and to the vast majority who are adhering to the directives outlined by the provincial government. For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.