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London, Ont. police lay charges after weekend gathering that violated COVID rules

LONDON, Ont. — Police in London, Ont., say they've charged a woman after a weekend gathering that violated COVID-19 rules. They say officers received a noise complaint on Saturday night and found about 15 people in a home, with none wearing masks.

LONDON, Ont. — Police in London, Ont., say they've charged a woman after a weekend gathering that violated COVID-19 rules.

They say officers received a noise complaint on Saturday night and found about 15 people in a home, with none wearing masks.

Police say visitors began leaving through the back of the home while officers spoke with the host of the gathering.

The force says a 20-year-old woman from Toronto has been charged under the Reopening Ontario Act with participating in and hosting an indoor gathering exceeding 10 people.

Police say they are also investigating a separate large gathering in the city that took place this weekend.

Police Chief Steve Williams says individuals hosting and attending large gatherings are putting first responders at risk.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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