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Saanich homeowner fined $2,300 for Halloween party with 30 people

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 at 11:20 am PST

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Summary

A Saanich homeowner was fined $2,300 for hosting a Halloween party with 30 people inside

Officers shut down the party and counted 30 people leaving the home and issued a violation ticket

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued an order last Monday limiting the size of gatherings in private homes

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.

“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.

READ ALSO: B.C. allows regional COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings in private homes

“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.