David Hener, the influencer behind an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in November 2020 in Rimouski, Bas-Saint-Laurent, pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 for failing to comply with hygiene measures.
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In the midst of a pandemic, on November 13, 2020, David Hener decided to party at a bar in Rimouski while he was living in Montreal.
At the time, residents of a red zone were prohibited from moving to an orange or green zone and visiting bars or restaurants due to health regulations.
Montreal was then in the red zone and Rimouski in the orange zone.
This visit contributed significantly to the spread of the virus in the region.
After that drunken evening, many cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Rimouski.
David Hener had even pushed the boldness by launching an appeal on social media.
In the video submitted as evidence in this case, David Hener addresses the Prime Minister.
“Legault, you have five hours to break a red zone at Rimouski because we’re coming into Tabarnak,” he had claimed.
According to the criminal and criminal prosecutor in the filing, the aggravating circumstances explain the $3,500 fine, while the statute for this offense ranges from $1,000 to $6,000.
“It was intent, disregard for health codes, aggravating factors that were considered. We thought $3,500 was reasonable,” explained Me Jean-Gabriel L’Écuyer.