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Victoria party host fined $2,300 under new coronavirus enforcement rules

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Victoria police have issued what may be the first fine in B.C. under new COVID-19 enforcement powers granted on Friday.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gave police and other compliance officers the ability to issue $2,000 fines to hosts and $200 fines to individuals found to be breaking public health orders.

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Police say the fine was issued to the hosts of a “noisy” party in a multi-unit residential building on Fort Street.

Officers had originally attended the property around 7 p.m., after learning a party was planned, and warned the host about COVID-19 regulations around large gatherings.

When officers returned at 10:30 p.m., they found 15 people inside a one-bedroom suite, and told the hosts to end the party, according to Victoria police.

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The host told police they’d shut the event down, but police say they saw people continue to come and go from the property.

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Officers returned to the unit where they say they found about 30 people inside and not practicing social distancing.

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“Many of the party attendees were youth,” said a police media release.

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“The room was densely populated, hot, and moisture had built up in the windows.”

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The party hosts also failed to collect contact tracing information from the guests, and police said they believe between 40 and 60 people attended in total.

Police issued a $2,000 fine and a $300 victim surcharge levy to the host, but no one who attended was ticketed.

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