The Saskatchewan government is raising the maximum fine for breach of the public health orders which have been enacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ruling comes as numerous anti-mask and so-called freedom rallies have been held across the province. Legislators contend that the $2800 fines were not acting as a sufficient deterrent.

The new fines push the penalty for breaching the public health order to a maximum of $7,500 with a 40 per cent surcharge, totalling $10,500.

Groups found to be in breach of the health order can face up to $100,000 with a 40 per cent surcharge. That penalty could total $140,000.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Gordon Wyant addressed the issue of people who frequently breach the Public Health Act saying,”There’s certainly ability for the police to lay significantly higher fines.”

The new fines will likely be approved by the Saskatchewan Legislature by the end of this week, taking effect later this month.