COVID-19 related fines for party hosts

News_Release

Two people received fines after police attended a large party at a Vernon residence late Thursday night.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a large social gathering taking place at a residence in Vernon. At approximately 11:30 p.m., frontline officers arrived at the location where they observed numerous people inside the residence in addition to the 5-10 people gathered on a balcony. As the attending officers approached the house, the partygoers quickly disappeared inside and refused to answer the door for police.

"It’s disappointing to see people taking part in these high risk activities, blatantly disregarding the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry," said Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. "We believe the community overwhelmingly understands and supports the necessary measures that have been implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19. We urge everyone to behave in a safe, responsible manner."

"The primary focus of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, surrounding Covid-19, will continue to be education and awareness, however should the public choose to disobey health authority mandates, they could find themselves paying for their actions in the sum of large fines."

Two individuals on scene each received a fine under the Covid-19 Related Measures Act. The incident remains under investigation at this time.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP would like to thank the community for their continued support and to the vast majority who are adhering to the directives outlined by the Provincial Health Officer.

Up to date information on the current Covid-19 related Province-wide restrictions can be found by visiting the Government of British Columbia website.