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Two COVID-19 fines handed out at 100-person University of Victoria gathering

Police say around 100 people were gathered near UVIC campus Saturday night.
Police say around 100 people were gathered near UVIC campus Saturday night. Oak Bay Police

Oak Bay Police say they dealt with a 100-person gathering Saturday night near the campus of the University of Victoria.

Police were called to an area called Pumphouse Station near UVic, where they found a group of about 100 students gathered, many seen not wearing masks.

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The group dispersed, but Oak Bay Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher said many of the students congregated again in small groups around campus.

“So we had to deal with some of them on multiple occasions as we tried to disperse that group and encourage them to go away,” Fisher said.

“Obviously giving the concerns around COVID, and them being in close proximity with each other.”

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Two students, a female and a male, both 18, were given $230 tickets for failure to comply with an officer.

Fisher said this is the first large gathering they’ve been called to at the campus in recent months.

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