Gatineau restaurant patrons charged with routine COVID-19 police checks

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A routine inspection of a Gatineau restaurant on Saturday night broke out in a minor melee, in which three people were arrested for police obstruction and others were to be charged with violations of Quebec’s COVID-19 rules.

According to a spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec, the incident took place at Restaurant Caramela on Saint-Joseph Boulevard after Sûreté and Gatineau police officers agreed to carry out an inspection to ensure that the establishment complied with the province’s liquor licensing law.

According to the spokesman, “sparks” flew after guests were asked to leave the restaurant so police could accurately determine the amount of crowd.

Three people were charged with obstruction, while others are expected to be charged and fined for violating mask and vaccination passports.

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