Two hosts were arrested and charged following a party at a high-rise condo in downtown Vancouver over the weekend.
The Vancouver Police Department says that the arrest took place on Saturday morning, adding that there had been multiple complaints from the public about these gatherings, as well as attempts to stop them.
“After repeated complaints from the public and unsuccessful efforts to convince these hosts to stop having parties, our officers obtained a search warrant and forced entry into the condo Saturday to arrest two men,” says Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD Spokesperson, in an email.
Prior to Saturday’s arrest, police received 10 complaints about noise and parties in the condo, which is located near Burrard and Alberni. The alleged hosts were taken to jail, and six guests were issued COVID-19 violation fines of $230.
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37-year-old Manjinder Sagoo has been charged with three counts of failing to comply with an order of the public health officer. While 35-year-old Sanad Rayes was charged with two counts of failing to comply with an order from the public health office.
“Our officers will continue to make every effort to speak with violators, to remind them of the rules, and to convince them to obey the health order,” Addison notes.
“But, when someone flagrantly ignores the law and puts others at risk of contracting COVID, we will use our legal powers to hold them accountable.”
At the start of February, British Columbia’s Ministry of Public Safety announced that over half a million dollars in fines had been issued since August. According to ICBC, as of mid-February, less than 6% of those fines had been paid.