B.C. more than doubles fine for attending or promoting large gatherings
Effective immediately, the B.C. government has more than doubled the fine for promoting or attending a non-compliant gathering or event, from $230 to $575.
“Over the last several months, it’s become clear that for some, the risk of a $230 violation ticket isn’t enough to deter attendance at events that violate the [provincial health officer’s] order,” said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general.
“I am disappointed that a small minority of British Columbians continue to put their health and the health of others at risk by attending unsafe gatherings. This selfish behaviour needs to stop, and police and provincial enforcement authorities will be able to issue these new fines immediately.” said Farnworth.
The fine for organizing or hosting a prohibited event will remain the same at $2,300.
Reports of violations of the provincial health officer’s order against large gatherings can be made to your local bylaw office or police department’s non-emergency line.