SAANICH (NEWS 1130) — A Saanich homeowner was fined $2,300 for hosting a Halloween party with 30 people inside.
Saanich Police issued the ticket after responding to a noise complaint at a private home around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
“Officers spoke to the homeowner about the noise and discovered that there were many more than six persons inside the residence,” says in a release from police.
Another example of bad behaviour. @SaanichPolice issued a $2,300 fine to a homeowner over the wknd. for having a Halloween house party. They say dozens of ppl were there and police were notified because of a noise complaint. DBH had been begging people for weeks not to do this.
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) November 2, 2020
“Despite warning them about the contravention of the provincial health orders currently in place, cooperation was not immediately gained, and the party continued.”
Officers shut down the party and counted 30 people leaving the home and issued a violation ticket under the COVID Related Measures Act for holding an event in a private residence (indoors or outdoors) with more than six guests who do not live there.
“Our officers responded to several noise complaints over the weekend regarding gatherings in private homes. This was the only incident which a large private gathering was found to be held,” Const. Markus Anastasiades says.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued an order last Monday limiting the size of gatherings in private homes after B.C. set a three-day record with 817 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
A provision was then added to that order, allowing medical health officers to increase regional restrictions.