November 4, 2020 Media Release

COVID-19 Enforcement

Effective November 2, 2020, in response to increasing cases of COVID-19, the Winnipeg Metro Region was moved to Critical Level (red). The Winnipeg Police Service has begun triaging calls from the public regarding gathering sizes in private residences and will dispatch resources to intervene as required.

The Provincial Public Health Order has limited public and private group gathering sizes to five, in addition to the household. Fines for individual breaches have been increased to $1,296 – the second-highest penalty of its kind in Canada. The Winnipeg Police Service response is intended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public, and we will continue to remind people of the measures they can take to ensure their own safety.

The Winnipeg Police Service is one of a number of enforcement bodies who can intervene in breaches. Those who continue to gather in contravention of public health orders may be subject to enforcement action.

In-Custody Death: C20-261681

On November 4, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers arrested an adult male in the Elmwood neighbourhood during a traffic stop. The male was transported to HQ. While in custody, the male was observed to be in medical distress, and first aid was administered. He was transported to hospital by ambulance and has since been pronounced deceased.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified and will assume investigative responsibility.

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061