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Police aren’t happy with a number of celebrating Canucks fans who ignored physical distancing requirements on Scott Road in Surrey/Delta on Friday night.
According to Surrey RCMP, upwards of 1,000 people gathered at the corner of Scott Road and 72nd Avenue, after the Canucks’ playoff series win over the St. Louis Blues. The street corner has been a popular spot for Canucks fans in Surrey and Delta to celebrate big wins, which have been more plentiful in recent weeks during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Crowds appear to be growing with every win during the postseason, but prior to Friday police said the crowds did not cause “significant issues.”
On Friday, that wasn’t the case, as many fans were spotted on video running into the middle of the intersection, not only blocking traffic, but congregating too close together during a pandemic.
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“A number of Canuck fans celebrating the team’s win on August 21 also chose to ignore physical distancing requirements,” Surrey RCMP said in a media release.
Canucks fans should consider this a warning, says Sergeant Roger Green of the Surrey COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team.
“Canuck fans who gathered in large groups without masks on Friday night should consider this to be their warning,” said Green. “The public and the police are not happy with the disregard for physical distancing and expect you do to better for the sake of your families, yourselves, and your fellow residents.”
Surrey RCMP and Delta Police were present during the celebrations, but said due to the size of the crowd, they had to focus on pedestrian and traffic safety.
Seven violation tickets were issued for seatbelt violations as a result of people hanging out of windows or sunroofs.
The Canucks, for their part, recently reminded fans to “celebrate safely by practicing physical distancing and watching games in small groups if they are not cheering from home due to the uptick in COVID-19.”