Published Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:57AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:48PM EST
Provincial police said they targeted about 20 locations across multiple municipalities in response to protests against the curfew, which took effect across the province at 8 p.m. on Saturday and issued more than 150 tickets.
Apart from those violations, however, the force praised the public for its response to the rules set to be in effect for the next four weeks.
“Except for a few incidents, excellent cooperation from the public was noticed,” provincial police said in a release.
Under the terms of the curfew, all but certain exempt groups of residents will be required to stay off the streets between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until at least Feb. 8.
Fines for violating the curfew start at $1,000 plus $550 in additional fees, and can go as high as $6,000.
In Quebec City, approximately 20 people protesting the measure outside the Museum of Civilization in Old Port around 8:20 p.m. were slapped with fines, said police spokesman Sgt. Etienne Doyon, adding that some of those individuals were detained after they refused to identify themselves.
Police in Montreal issued tickets to people protesting the measure in the city's Plateau borough, according to spokeswoman Const. Caroline Chevrefils.
Montreal police said Sunday that they issued 84 tickets in total, including 17 for the protestors. Police said no tickets were issued to people experiencing homelessness.
Homeless shelters in Montreal say they were at, or near, capacity on Saturday night.
The Old Brewery Mission, a downtown homeless shelter said it was at capacity.