COVID-19: BC Premier Horgan vows to get tougher on rule breakers

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Henry and Dix also confirmed two new community outbreaks, including a community cluster at Big White Ski Resort connected to 60 cases of COVID-19.

Interior Health said in a press release that the cluster of cases was primarily due to shared housing in the Big White community, including large households and social gatherings.

The health authority stressed the importance of limiting social activities and following COVID-19 protocols indoors.

Premier Horgan said over the next few weeks the province will ensure that all levels of public authority – even conservation officers and community safety investigators – are called upon to enforce public health orders. .

“It means rule breakers are held to account and it means making sure the fines we impose are collected,” Horgan said. “If you don’t pay the fines, we’ll send you the collections. It’s serious, it’s not a lark and it’s not something we do lightly.

Under British Columbia’s Emergency Programs Act, people can be fined $ 230, among other things, for refusing to wear a mask in an indoor public place, for refusing to wear complying with the instructions of a law enforcement officer or for engaging in abusive or belligerent behavior.

A fine of $ 2,300 can be imposed on anyone who violates the provincial ordinance by organizing a rally or party. Vancouver police attended four parties downtown last weekend and issued four $ 2,300 bills.

Between August 21 and December 4, law enforcement issued 194 tickets for a total of nearly $ 152,000 in fines.

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