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Woman who said she doesn't believe pandemic is 'real' fined for hosting event: Burnaby RCMP

Officers responded to 56 complaints, issued 10 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in February
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A Burnaby woman was issued a $2300 ticket for hosting a gathering that went against the province's public health orders. File photo
Saying she did not believe the COVID-19 pandemic was real didn’t save a Burnaby woman from a $2,300 violation ticket for hosting a gathering contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Officers attended her home in the 6600 block of Willingdon Avenue on Feb. 26 after getting a complaint of a get-together with people who didn’t live there, according to Burnaby RCMP.

When officers arrived, they confirmed two non-residents were inside.

“The homeowner stated that she did not believe the pandemic was real,” an RCMP news release said. “She was issued a $2,300 violation ticket for hosting a non-compliant event.”

The detachment is releasing monthly updates about its enforcement actions through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, officers responded to a total of 56 complaints, issued 10 tickets and conducted numerous proactive restaurant, lounge and business checks, according to the most recent update.

On Feb. 1, a woman in the 6600 block of Brantford Avenue got a $750 violation ticket for breaking the Quarantine Act “on several occasions,” according to RCMP.

On Feb. 5, a proactive enforcement check at a business in the 4000 block of Hastings Street resulted in a pair of $230 tickets for a man and woman walking around the business without masks.

On Feb. 9, a complaint of guests in a home in the 5400 block of Norfolk Street ended in a $2,300 ticket for the homeowner after officers determined a man and a youth had “visited the residence on numerous occasions” contrary to the Emergency Program Act, according to police.  

On February 10, a staff member at a business in the 7500 block of Royal Oak Avenue got a $230 ticket for not wearing a mask.

And on Feb. 25, four people partying at a house they didn’t live at in the7600 block of Imperial Street got $230 tickets.

“Burnaby RCMP’s COVID compliance enforcement team and City of Burnaby bylaw officers continue to conduct regular patrols through businesses,” stated the news release.

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