Two anti-lockdown parties have resulted in fines of over $16,000 to hosts and guests in Richmond, B.C., according to RCMP.
On Feb. 5 at 11:30 p.m. PT, police attended a commercial building in the 5700-block of Cedarbridge Way after receiving a report of people coming and going.
Officers found a party taking place. The organizer was fined $2,300 and 16 guests were each handed a $230 violation ticket under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
Two hours later, police attended another large gathering in the 12600-block of Vickers Way. Two organizers each received a $2,300 violation ticket and 26 guests were fined $230 each.
Police say more charges may be coming related to business and liquor violations.
Richmond RCMP Chief Supt. Will Ng says the force will continue to pursue reports of large gatherings.
“Our frontline officers will continue to identify those who choose to organize or attend large gatherings like these, and we will continue to hold these people to account,” he said.
The City of London has come down hard on those who break COVID gathering rules.
In even more recent events, two women who organized the “Freedom Protest” in Victoria Park on March 20 have each been issued a summons for organizing an outdoor gathering larger than what’s permitted in the Reopening Ontario Act.
The women, ages 24 and 38, face a minimum fine of $10,000 if convicted.
The “Freedom Protest” drew dozens of unmasked people to the park. Protesters said their rights had been violated by the provincial orders.
On Monday, the City also announced that by-law officers have charged a 21-year-old woman following a gathering on Beaufort Street.
It is illegal to have indoor gatherings of any kind during Ontario’s stay at home order, which lasts until May 20.
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