SURREY (NEWS 1130) – About two dozen people are going to have to pay nearly $6,000 after Surrey RCMP busted what they’re calling an illegal, after-hours nightclub over the weekend.
Around 1 a.m. Sunday, RCMP went to the location in Whalley, at King George Blvd. and 106 Ave., with a search warrant. Cpl. Joanie Sidhu says this place is well-known to them.
“Our COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team had attended on three previous occasions where each time they were issued a fine for $2,300 for hosting a non-compliant event,” she tells NEWS 1130.
Because of this, the host was not issued a ticket, but was instead given a notice to appear in court.
.@SurreyRCMP say some partiers are going to have to pay up after they say they busted an illegal after-hours night club. 22 people were found inside the spot in Whalley early Sunday morning. 26 tickets were issued at $230/each. The host was given a notice to appear in court.
— Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) February 9, 2021
This event did not take place in a home.
“It’s a unit within a commercial complex and … the function of this unit, it was really unknown — pretty much vacant, not operating as an official business of any sort,” Sidhu says.
Surrey Mounties also handed out four other tickets over the past weekend. They include:
- A man given a $1,150 fine under the Quarantine Act after he didn’t follow the conditions of entry into this country
- The host of a wedding with 20 people taking place at a restaurant on 138 St. at 70 Ave given a $2,300 ticket
- Someone at a home on 61 Ave. at 148 St. given a $2,300 ticket for hosting a gathering
“The Surrey COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team will continue to pursue individuals and hosts who contravene the current public health orders,” says Sgt. Tyler Wickware, who speaks for the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit.
If you think someone in Surrey is violating public health orders, you’re asked to call the City of Surrey Bylaws Call Centre at 604-591-4370 between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week.
You can also call the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502.