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Vancouver police arrest penthouse party host, fine 77 guests

Last Updated Feb 1, 2021 at 5:48 am PST

Summary

78 people have been hit with fines after the VPD raided a penthouse on Richards Street

This is the same location where the owner is accused of running a 'makeshift nightclub' and lounge

Each person at the party has been hit with $230 fines, the host was arrested

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More than $17,000 in fines were issued by Vancouver police Sunday morning after a “makeshift nightclub” at a downtown penthouse was busted.

The VPD brought down the hammer on a repeat offender and hit each of his 77 guests with a $230 ticket “for attending a non-compliant event — contrary to the Emergency Program Act” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The penthouse, on Richards and Georgia street, is the same three-level apartment police visited last weekend. Police say after two more parties this weekend, they went to the building overnight with a search warrant.

Officers found dozens of maskless people packed into the 1,100-square-foot apartment, which had menus, tables, and cash tills.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” Sgt. Steve Addison says. “If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

The 42-year-old man who was hosting the party was arrested under the Public Health Act and taken to jail.