Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak is urging people to continue to follow social and physical distancing orders from BC health officials, after officers were called to multiple gatherings over this past weekend.
In total, Manak said officers responded to a total of nine noise complaints, including several parties and “other gatherings.”
The gatherings presented “additional, unnecessary risk of COVID-19” not only to those who were at them, “but also to frontline officers responding to these calls,” said Manak.
Officers who attended to the gatherings “spoke with some attendees about the risks that violating Dr. Henry’s orders present to those gathering, to their loved ones, and to the wider community,” he added.
In the wake of the calls this weekend, Manak said people simply need to do better to protect themselves and those around them during this ongoing pandemic.
“The first line of defence against COVID-19 is social and physical distancing,” he said.
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Manak’s comments come after a busy weekend for Vancouver Park Board Rangers, who also had to remind a number of residents in Vancouver of the importance of adequate physical distancing.
In total, officials with Park Board said over 300 warnings were issued to individuals and groups in Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday.
“Please, think of the greater good,” said Manak. “Think of our officers who are attending these calls. Think of the grocery clerks, the cleaners, the nurses, the doctors, the care workers and all the other front-line and essential service workers who cannot stay home, but who are putting themselves at risk for others. Please, stay home.”