SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Mounties in Surrey are seeing an uptick in the number of people ignoring provincial health orders that are in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Eighteen tickets were issued for non-compliance in that city last week, totalling nearly $17,000.
One of the violations was a wedding at a home, where nearly two dozen people were gathered. The host was given a $2,300 ticket for holding the event.
Mounties also went to a restaurant on Scott Road, where they say indoor dining was allowed. The owner was given a ticket. Fraser Health was also notified, as this was the second time the owner was cited for non-compliance.
In another case, officers responded to a report of a man refusing to wear a mask in a store on King George Boulevard. Mounties say the man refused to cooperate with police and caused a disturbance.
“Our officers have recently seen the number of people and businesses ignoring public health orders creeping up,” Sgt. Tyler Wickware said. “Especially with sunny weather now here, it can be very inviting to gather with others, so we are reminding everyone that Public Health Orders are still in effect limiting gatherings, even outdoors.”
People in Surrey can report COVID-19 public health order violations to the city’s bylaw call centre at 604-591-4370 or the Surrey RCMP’s non-emergency line at 604-599-0502.