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West Vancouver man hit with $2,300 COVID-19 fine after hosting gathering at local business

Last Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 3:05 pm PST

FILE (Courtesy West Vancouver Police via Twitter)

A West Vancouver man has been given a $2,300 ticket for violating orders against gathering amid the pandemic

Police say three intoxicated men were found outside a business where an 'unlawful gathering' was taking place Friday

Eight tickets handed out by West Vancouver PD since March 2020 under Contravention of the Gatherings and Events Order

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police in West Vancouver have handed out another $2,300 fine to someone for breaking COVID-19 public health rules.

Officers responded to reports of a party at a business on Clyde Avenue near 15th Street just after 11 p.m. on Friday.

Police say complaints involved loud music and voices coming from the business. According to investigators, officers spoke with three “intoxicated individuals” who were standing outside when they arrived. There were other voices heard coming from inside the business at the time.

The drunk men denied there was a party when they were confronted about it, with one man saying “the others were his clients.”

Police say the host of the gathering wasn’t being cooperative and refused to ask the others to leave. Because of the response they received, officers stayed in the area and later saw three people eventually leave the business.

The 40-year-old host was handed a ticket under the Contravention of the Gatherings and Events Order.

“This seems to be a situation where the attendees thought because they were in business together, that they were not subject to the restrictions as set out in the provincial gatherings and events order,” Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy said.

“While work-related meetings are allowed under certain circumstances, given what officers observed at the scene, they opted to take enforcement action.”

Since March of last year, police in West Vancouver say officers have given out eight tickets to people not following public health rules. Ten tickets have also been issued to people who weren’t quarantining when they should have been.