Surrey RCMP busted seven parties and one person for not following COVID-19 health orders on Halloween.
According to Cpl. Joanie Sidhu, the Surrey RCMP’s COVID-19 compliance team made 150 proactive checks on Halloween to ensure people were following provincial health orders. A total of 24 calls were received from members of the public for complaints related to COVID-19 orders, while 324 calls were related to bylaw infractions such as noise complaints, fireworks and large groups.
“Of all the proactive and reactive COVID-related checks completed, there was a high rate of compliance with only three instances of non-compliance,” said Sidhu in an email.
She said while there were no fines or tickets issued on Halloween, there were seven warnings issued for hosts who had more than six non-residential guests inside their home, contrary to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s orders.
One other individual was issued a warning under the Quarantine Act for not being in self-isolation.
“The individual was not COVID-19 positive but were supposed to be self-isolating and watching their symptoms,” said Sidhu.