Fines for promoting and attending gatherings that contravene the provincial health officer’s (PHO) order just got more expensive.
Effective immediately, the fine for promoting and attending a non-compliant gathering or event has been raised from $230 to $575.
The current fine for those who organize or host a prohibited event remains the same at $2,300.
“Over the last several months, it’s become clear that for some, the risk of a $230 violation ticket isn’t enough to deter attendance at events that violate the PHO order,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
“I am disappointed that a small minority of British Columbians continue to put their health and the health of others at risk by attending unsafe gatherings. This selfish behaviour needs to stop, and police and provincial enforcement authorities will be able to issue these new fines immediately.”
A $230 fine will continue to apply to a range of COVID-19 violation measures, including failing to wear a mask and failing to abide by patron conditions.