Woman who told police she doesn't think COVID-19 pandemic is "real" fined for hosting gathering

Mar 4 2021, 5:37 pm

A woman in Burnaby who told police she didn’t think the COVID-19 pandemic “is real,” was fined $2,300 for hosting a gathering at her residence in Burnaby last week, in contravention of BC’s public health orders.

According to Burnaby RCMP, the incident happened on February 26, when officers attended a residence in the 6600 block of Willingdon Avenue for a complaint of a get-together with people in the home that did not live there.

Upon their arrival, officers spoke to everyone inside the home, including two non-residents. It was during this time that the homeowner “stated she did not believe the pandemic was real,” police said. She was issued the violation ticket for hosting a non-compliant event.

In a release, police said the incident was just one of 56 complaints that Burnaby RCMP’s COVID Compliance Enforcement Team (CCET) and City of Burnaby bylaw officers responded to during the month alone, resulting in 10 violation tickets. This number, though, “does not include the numerous proactive restaurant, lounge and business checks conducted,” police said.

In total, almost, $7,000 in fines were issued.

On February 1, officers attended a residence in the 6600 block of Brantford Avenue for a complaint of a woman breaking Quarantine Act regulations. The woman admitted to police that she had been in contravention of the Act on several occasions. A $750 violation ticket was issued.

On February 5, CCET officers attended a business in the 4000 block of Hastings Street during their proactive enforcement checks. A man and a woman were observed walking around the business without a facial covering. Both individuals were issued a $230 violation ticket.

On February 9, officers attended a residence in the 5400 block of Norfolk Street for a complaint of guests in a home that did not reside there. Upon attendance, officers confirmed the guests were knowingly in contravention of restrictions and had visited the residence on numerous occasions. A $2,300 violation ticket was issued to the homeowner for hosting a non-compliant event.

On February 10, officers attended a business in the 7500 block of Royal Oak Avenue for a complaint of a staff member refusing to wear a mask. Upon attendance, police confirmed the staff member was working in the common area of the business without a mask. A $230 violation ticket was issued.

On February 25, officers attended a residence in the 7600 block of Imperial Street for a complaint of a house party. Upon attendance, officers located four people that did not reside in the residence. The four individuals were playing cards without the homeowner present. This was the second time in three days police had attended the residence. Four $230 violation tickets were issued.

Eric ZimmerEric Zimmer

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