A total of 105 fines — totalling more than $100,000 — have been issued to individuals since late August for breaking health orders or federal quarantine rules.
The rundown of tickets being issued was shared Tuesday evening in a statement from the B.C. government formally extending the province’s state-of-emergency declaration.
The state of emergency is now active through the end of day on Nov. 24, and gives government staff the powers needed to take necessary actions in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we’re all in it together,” said Premier John Horgan in a statement issued Tuesday evening.
“It’s time to focus on the actions that helped keep us safe this spring: diligent hand washing, physical distancing, wearing a mask and staying home when you’re sick.
“We all have a role to play in supporting our health care workers, the health care system and essential workers, and we must do all we can to keep our loved ones safe, schools open and the economy moving.”
The original state of emergency was declared March 18, 2020 and has been extended several times.
Officials also shared details of enforcement and ticketing for those contravening health orders and federal quarantine laws.
Between Aug. 21 and Nov. 9, a total of 47 violation tickets were also issued to individuals or businesses who have contravened provincial health orders.
Those include 19 tickets of $2,300 each to hosts and organizers who have held parties against Henry’s orders, two tickets of $2,300 each for restaurants that have violated COVID-19 orders relating to food and liquor service, and 26 tickets of $230 each to individuals who refused to listen to police when events or parties were broken up.
Another 58 violation tickets — collectively totalling $64,000 — have also been issued to individuals who contravened federal quarantine orders.
In total, $118,280 has been issued in fines within British Columbia.