Police operation targets bars, restaurants skirting health rules

Record Staff

Quebec’s Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced the launch of Operation OSCAR on Friday, a major police operation that targeted roughly 1,000 licensed establishments, bars, restaurants and other venues this past weekend.
OSCAR, which stands for Opération Systématisée Comportements À Risque, hopes to identify areas that have difficulty following public health and safety regulations. The operation took place all over Quebec, with a lot of time spent in the yellow tier regions.
Quebec police forces carried out the operation in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Security. Local law enforcement was given the right to intervene if necessary. After a thorough analysis, police are also expected to issue a public health advisory.
Police were also in constant communication with public health authorities and the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec. If establishments were deemed a threat to the health and safety of its staff and patrons, police had the authority to issue tickets.
The Régie and Quebec’s public health team can also take action into their own hands, depending on the severity of the situation.

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