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Vancouver police issue $11,000 in fines while breaking up downtown party

Last Updated May 25, 2021 at 7:05 pm PDT

Vancouver Police Department. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Officers were called to a suite at West Georga and Bute Streets around 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of 'a loud party'

The host of a Vancouver party was fined $2,300, 16 guests were each fined $575

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver police issued $11,000 in COVID-19 -related fines when breaking up a downtown party over the May long weekend.

Officers were called to a suite at West Georga and Bute Streets around 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of “a loud party.” After those gathered inside refused to open the door, police say they got a search warrant.

“The host of the party was issued a $2,300 violation ticket for hosting a non-compliant event. The other 16 party attendees were issued a $575 fine each for attending a non-compliant event,” says Const. Tania Visintin in a statement.

“Additionally, four speakers, a turntable, and various cables were seized as evidence.”

B.C. announced its four-phase restart plan Tuesday, and people in this province are now allowed to host five people (or one household) inside their homes. A gathering of the size described by police will not be allowed again until Phase Three, which could commence as soon as Canada Day.