The Richmond RCMP gave out four violation tickets in April for non-compliance to COVID-19 rules.
Tickets for $2,300 were given at two parties – one at a home and one in a closed restaurant.
Supt. Will Ng with the Richmond RCMP said the closed restaurant was charged with organizing a non-compliant event whereby there were people gathered to watch a movie with opened liquor bottles. The $2,300 violation ticket was given to the organizer of the event.
Ng described the incident at a residential property as a “big loud party” with more than eight people – the $2,300 ticket was given to the homeowner for organizing a “non-compliant event.”
Another ticket was given for an organized soccer game while a customer at a supermarket refusing to wear a mask was fined $230.
“These people are aware of what they’re doing and it’s intentional,” Ng said.
Normally, the RCMP takes an “educational” approach, but these incidents were a “blatant disregard for the rules,” he added.
Ng told the Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force, however, the number warehouse parties has dropped.