Police called to Horseshoe Bay after maskless passenger becomes belligerent

West Vancouver police escorted a man out of the BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay terminal after he allegedly become belligerent when asked to wear a mask. West Vancovuer police

West Vancouver police were called to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal on Saturday, after staff reported a man become belligerent when asked to wear a mask.

Masks have been mandatory on BC Ferries property since August, in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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BC Ferries reported the passenger, a man in his 60s, arrived around 7 p.m. without wearing a mask and when asked to don one “allegedly began yelling and refused to wear one,” according to West Vancouver police.

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Staff told arriving officers that the man would not be allowed to board the vessel.

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Police located the man, who had since put on a mask, and told him he would not be able to take the ferry that night.

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“This situation may have been much different had the man obeyed the rules and put on a mask prior to entering the property,” said Const. Kevin Goodmurphy in an email.

“These rules are in place for everyone’s safety.”

Police said the man, a Burnaby resident, was given a refund and left the property without further incident.

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