Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

GRAVENHURST — A cottage gathering here will cost the eight organizers and participants more than $7,000 after police received a gathering complaint Saturday night.

They say that on May 1. at 10:30 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to the complaint from a member of the public about a gathering at a cottage in Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka off Muskoka Road 169.

The current provincial restrictions relating to the stay at home order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) prohibit any gatherings.

Officers attended and found eight individuals from the Greater Toronto area at the seasonal residence and charged them accordingly.

Each was fined is $750 + 130 in court charges for a contravention under the EMCPA.

The charges come a week after a church group’s pastor was fined the previous Sunday for an illegal COVID gathering at an industrial area in Bracebridge.

Police fined 8 people from the GTA at a Gravenhurst cottage Saturday night for illegal gathering during COVID.

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