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A first for B.C.? Victoria party host slapped with ticket for violating COVID rules

Last Updated Aug 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm PDT

FILE - Victoria Police badge. (CityNews)
Summary

A man who hosted a large party near Victoria's downtown last night has been slapped with an over $2,300 fine

The ticket may be the first one given under the province's new crackdown on those who violate COVID-19 safety protocols

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Police in Victoria may have issued the first fine under the province’s new crackdown on those violating COVID-19 protocols.

Around 7:00 p.m. Friday, officers found 15 people inside the one-bedroom suite and warned a resident about hosting a party during the pandemic.

The police then asked the host to end things as it was causing a disturbance and was unsafe.

The host said he would cooperate so officers left but stuck around in the area and saw groups of people continuing to go in and out of the buildings.

“Officers … continued to observe groups of people coming and going from the building. The officers re-attended the one-bedroom suite and noticed approximately 30 people inside, not practicing physical distancing. Many of the party attendees were youth. The room was densely populated, hot, and moisture had built up on the windows,” a release from the Victoria PD release reads. “Patrol officers believed approximately 40-60 people attended the party.”

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The party host slapped with a $2,300 ticket and officers told the hosts guests to leave.

“The resident of the suite failed to document the attendees and their contact information to assist with contact tracing in the event that someone is later found COVID-19 positive.”

The police department added they would like the public to remember the “absolute importance of following the guidelines.”

“Please consider the safety of the public and the safety of our officers who are called to attend these gatherings.”