Yaletown party host fined after irreverent guests ignore COVID-19 health warning from Vancouver police

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      While COVID-19 case counts have been reaching new heights and all social gatherings outside of immediate household members are discouraged in British Columbia, not everyone has gotten the message—or are simply ignoring it.

      That appears to have been the case for an irreverent party host and guests in Vancouver, who wound up paying the price.

      According to a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) release, officers responded to a party at a condo in Downtown Vancouver.

      CTV News reported that police received a complaint around 8:30 p.m. on November 21 about a loud party at a condo located near Richards and Pacific streets in Yaletown.

      The VPD didn’t specify how many people were in attendance but stated that all of the guests were seated close together and weren’t wearing masks in violation of COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings.

      Although police tried to educate the party attendees about why their event was not permitted, the VPD stated that “the group was dismissive and non-compliant”.

      Accordingly, officers issued a $2,300 ticket to the main occupant, who CTV News reported as being 28 years old.

      Meanwhile in other acts of health-order defiance, a West End tenant issued letters to his neighbours to announce that he refuses to wear a mask at his building and will sue anyone who makes him do so.

      B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth had announced yesterday (November 24) that anyone who refuses to comply with an enforcement officer about wearing a mask may receive a $230 fine. 

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