Victoria’s party host fined $ 2,300 under new coronavirus enforcement rules

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Victoria Police have issued what could be the first fine in British Columbia under new COVID-19 enforcement powers granted on Friday.Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has given police and other compliance officers the ability to impose fines of $ 2,000 on hosts and fines of $ 200 on people who violate health orders public.

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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.

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“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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