More crowds gather at Vancouver’s English Bay and at least one person arrested

Binners are cleaning up empties at English Bay in Vancouver Sunday after a large crowd of people gathered on the beach to drink and party. John Streit / Global News

The warm weather this past weekend brought many people down to Vancouver’s English Bay, but police had to break up multiple parties and gatherings.

At least one person was arrested Sunday night, police said, and crowds did not disperse until around 10 p.m.

This follows two previous days of partying when the Vancouver police helicopter and marine unit were called out on Friday and Saturday nights to break up gatherings where people were partying alongside a DJ.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart said Monday that residents cannot be partaking in this behaviour or else COVID-19 case numbers are going to rise again.

“Ninety-five per cent of people are doing a great job, but just the folks that are inclined to get out there and resume normal activity just have to stop,” Stewart said.

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Police said officers had bottles thrown at them on Saturday night when they were trying to disperse the crowds.

“I feel very deeply worried about police when I hear that folks on the beach were throwing bottles at them,” Stewart said. “I want to make sure that officers get home safely every night when they finish work and this is no way to act.”

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