Party host in Victoria ordered to pay $2,300 fine for violating COVID-19 Related Measures Act

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      It didn't take long for authorities to start levying penalties against those who flout provincial rules around large gatherings.

      Today, Victoria police announced that they ordered a party host to pay a $2,300 fine.

      According to the department, this came after the person violated the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

      Around 7 p.m., police visited the host at a home in the 1000 block of Fort Street and issued a warning. This occurred after officers had learned that a party was about to happen.

      When police returned around 10:30 p.m., there were 15 people in a one-bedroom apartment.

      The host then promised to cooperate, according to police. But later that night, officers discovered 30 people inside, including many youths.

      "The room was densely populated, hot, and moisture had built up on the windows," police said in a news release

      None of the partygoers were fined.

      The enforcement action came on the same day that Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced that people who organize large parties will be penalized.

      He described them as "a small minority of selfish individuals".

      “These irresponsible actions are putting our most vulnerable at risk,” Farnworth said. “We can’t let the bad decisions made by a few erode the progress that we have made together.”