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Four COVID-19 fines handed out at Vancouver house parties

File - A Vancouver Police Department vehicle. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Police in Vancouver say they issued four $2,300 fines to three different people over the weekend

One party host was given two tickets within 24 hours

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It was another busy weekend for police in Vancouver after they handed out four COVID-19 related tickets worth $2,300 each.

According to a release, officers showed up to a noisy house party in Yaletown Friday where they found ten people inside. The host was given a ticket and the get-together was broken up.

Then, just after midnight, they were called to another party on the 58th floor of a building along West Georgia, and that tenant was also fined.

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The building appeared to prove popular for partying, with officers returning to the West Georgia location on Saturday and Sunday nights. There were 10 people the first night, and 14 on the second, police say.

No one was wearing masks either or physically distancing.

In these cases, the tenant received two tickets, one for each night.

B.C.’s public safety minister suggested last week increasing fines for people who repeatedly break COVID-19 health orders.