Surrey gamblers caught violating B.C. COVID-19 health orders fined over $5,000

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      A group of card players bet on the wrong odds when they decided to gather for a night of gambling in Metro Vancouver.

      Surrey RCMP stated today (February 22) that officers were conducting a proactive compliance check at a business in the 13500 block of 105A Avenue in Surrey around 9 p.m. on February 18.

      The business was closed to the public at the time.

      As officers knocked on the front door, they observed several individuals exiting the business through the back door. In addition, officers saw several people inside who weren’t wearing masks while playing cards.

      Upon entering, police found a private gathering was taking place.

      Consequently, officers issued tickets of $230 each to 13 attendees and a fine of $2,300 to the host for violating provincial health orders. Over $5,000 fines were issued in total.

      Other recent examples of police issuing fines to people hosting and attending gatherings in violation of provincial health orders include students partying at UBC, two karaoke bars and parties in Richmond, and makeshift nightclubs in Surrey and Vancouver.

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