To further prevent the spread of coronavirus, Surrey has created a COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team.
Launched late last week, the initiative is a joint project between Surrey bylaw officers and the RCMP.
The team operates seven days a week and makes sure that businesses, restaurants, and individuals are following the guidelines set out by provincial health officers. This includes faith-based locations, event locations, and recovery homes.
The Compliance and Enforcement Team also says they’re actively patrolling popular areas such as beaches and parks, where people tend to gather in groups when temperatures increase.
We’re partnering with @CityofSurrey Bylaw Services for patrols of areas people tend to congregate, such as parks, playgrounds and beaches in #SurreyBC, ensuring everyone understands their personal obligations during the #COVID19 pandemic.
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) March 30, 2020
Just last weekend, patrol officers were dispatched to Crescent Beach in South Surrey after numerous complaints were made on social media.
The team also conducted 106 compliance checks across the city, issuing seven warnings, and responded to 13 calls related to mandatory health orders.
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The Surrey RCMP says no fines were issued but follow-up checks are being conducted to make sure said locations are now compliant.
“The COVID-19 Compliance & Enforcement Team also responds to calls for service related to non-compliance of public health orders, including large gatherings at residences and private businesses,” said Cpl. Elenore Sturko in an emailed statement.
“It is important to note that, despite some rumours circulating on social media, this team is not pulling over vehicles as part of their compliance and enforcement activity.”
Anyone wishing to report a violation of a public health order can reach the City of Surrey Bylaw Call Centre at 604-591-4370. This line is available seven days a week.