$ 2,000 fines will be imposed to enforce British Columbia’s COVID-19 public health rules
Police said the fine was imposed on hosts of a “loud” party at a multi-unit residential building on Fort Street.
Officers initially visited the property around 7 p.m., after learning that a party was planned, and warned the host of COVID-19 regulations around large gatherings.
When officers returned at 10:30 p.m., they found 15 people in a one-bedroom suite and told the hosts to end the party, Victoria Police said.
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The host told police they had brought the event to an end, but police said they saw people continue to come and go of the property.
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Officers returned to the unit where they say they found around 30 people inside and not practicing social distancing.
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“Many of the party attendees were young people,” a police press release said.
“The room was densely populated, warm, and moisture had collected in the windows.”
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Party organizers also failed to collect contact tracing information from guests, and police said they believed between 40 and 60 people were present in total.
Police fined the host $ 2,000 and a victim fine surcharge of $ 300, but no one present was ticketed.
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