A 42-year-old West Vancouver resident was issued a fine under the COVID-related Measures Act after he was found hosting a party at local business.
On January 8, at 11:20 pm, West Vancouver Police Department officers responded to the 1400 block of Clyde Ave after a report of a loud party.
According to the complainant, they could hear loud music and voices coming from a ground-level business.
When officers attended, they spoke with three drunk individuals who were standing outside.
When questioned, the three individuals denied that a party was taking place in the business, and one man claimed others were his clients.
They refused to provide any further information as to the number of people inside.
Given the circumstances, officers determined that an unlawful gathering was taking place.
“This seems to be a situation where the attendees thought because they were in business together, that they were not subject to the restrictions as set out in the provincial gatherings and events order,” said Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy.
“While work-related meetings are allowed under certain circumstances, given what officers observed at the scene, they opted to take enforcement action.
The 40-year-old host was issued a $2,300.00 fine for “Contravention of the Gatherings and Events Order.”
Because the host was not cooperative with police, and refused to ask the remaining guests to leave, police remained in the area.
They later observed three guests eventually exit the front of the business.
Since March 1, 2020, West Vancouver Police have issued 8 tickets under the COVID-related Measures Act and 10 tickets under the Quarantine Act.
“We all have a responsibility to avoid unnecessary gatherings in order to slow the spread of Covid-19,” reminds Cst. Goodmuprhy.
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