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Whistler RCMP bust speeding driver who also broke COVID-19 quarantine

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B.C.'s health minister says an action plan will be unveiled next week to reduce transmission in Whistler after the resort community recorded 547 cases of the virus between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2 but as Aaron McArthur reports, both the province and municipality are reluctant to do anything that would jeopardize the ski season. – Feb 5, 2021

Whistler RCMP say they’ve netted an alleged COVID-19 quarantine scofflaw during a recent traffic stop.

According to police, officers pulled a speeding vehicle over around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 near the Brio subdivision on Highway 99.

Read more: B.C. reports whopping 547 COVID-19 cases in Whistler so far this year

While issuing a ticket, they discovered the driver had only been in the country for nine days — a violation of the federal requirement to quarantine for two weeks.

The driver was also handed an $1,150 fine under the Quarantine Act.

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Highest concern in B.C. is community spread of COVID-19 variants and confusion over travel to Whistler – Feb 1, 2021

The incident was on top of seven COVID-19 complaints Whistler RCMP responded to over the weekend, which resulted in five fines for violations of public health orders.

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READ MORE: More people in Whistler have contracted COVID-19 in January than in all of 2020

The resort community has been grappling with an alarming spike in cases of the virus.

Health Minister Adrian Dix revealed Friday it had recorded 547 cases between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2.

Nearly half of those cases, or 259, were recorded over just five days, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.

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