Hamilton police charge 'Hugs Over Masks' protest organizers in two separate events
A Hamilton police cruiser is featured in this file photo. (Andrew Collins)
TORONTO -- Hamilton, Ont., police say they have charged two organizers of an anti-mask protest group for holding events that allegedly violated public health rules.
Police say the events were held in downtown Hamilton on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10.
The force alleges that 40 people attended first event and 60 attended the second.
Current provincial restrictions limit gatherings to a maximum of 10 people outdoors.
Police say they informed the "Hugs Over Masks" organizers that the planned Jan. 10 gathering would result in charges, but they went ahead with the event.
They say a 27-year-old man and 38-year-old woman are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act that carry a minimum fine of $10,000 if convicted.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.