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Oak Bay police shut down 100-person party at UVic for defying COVID-19 rules

Last Updated Jan 11, 2021 at 4:50 pm PST

(Courtesy Twitter/OakBayPolice)
Summary

A 100-person party at the University of Victoria defying COVID-19 rules was shut down on Saturday

Two defiant partiers were fined $230 for refusing to disperse

In September, police were called to campus twice for back-to-back parties, and a total of 11 tickets were handed out

OAK BAY (NEWS 1130) — A gathering that drew about 100 people to the University of Victoria this weekend is being called “disappointing” by police.

The Oak Bay Police department slapped two defiant partiers with tickets of $230 each for refusing to leave, according to a release.

“Members attended and the group spread out, continuing to meet in smaller groups around campus. Several were not wearing masks,” it reads.

Two 18-year-old students were fined for “failing to comply with direction.”

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The department’s Chief Ray Bernoties took to Twitter soon after urging people to put the incident in perspective.

Noting there are about 20,000 enrolled at UVic, he says the vast majority are following orders against gathering.

In September, police were called to campus twice for back-to-back parties, and a total of 11 tickets were handed out.

Province-wide more than $120,000-worth of fines had been handed out by mid-November. Since then, restrictions have ramped up significantly with more stringent bans on in-person gatherings, and religious services.