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More than $16,000 in COVID-19 fines handed out at two large parties in Richmond

Last Updated Feb 11, 2021 at 9:07 pm PST

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Thousands of dollars in COVID-19 fines were given at two large parties in Richmond

One party had 16 people attending and the other had 26 people there

Organizers of both parties were given $2,300 fines

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Mounties in Richmond broke up two large parties last Friday, handing out thousands of dollars in fines at each gathering.

Around 11:30 p.m. police responded to the first call about people going in and out of a commercial building on Cedarbridge Way near Lansdowne Road. Officers found an ongoing party, and 16 people received a $230 fine for violating health orders. The organizer was handed a $2,300 ticket.

About two hours later, another gathering was found in an industrial area on Vickers Way where twenty-six people were given $230 fines. The two organizers each ended up with a $2,300 ticket.

Police are determining if liquor-related or other charges are necessary.

“Our frontline officers will continue to identify those who choose to organize or attend large gatherings like these, and we will continue to hold these people to account,” says Richmond RCMP’s Chief Superintendent Will Ng.

Anyone who hears about parties or larges gatherings is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.