A bar in Campbell River has been fined $4,600 for failing to comply with COVID-19 health regulations.
Campbell River RCMP spokesperson Const. Maury Tyre said the bar, which police did not identify, had been visited multiple times by police and health officials for flouting B.C.’s COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
Tyre said the earlier visits were for “educational purposes” to ensure the rules, which include no more than six people to a table and cutting off liquor sales at 10 p.m., were being followed.
However, during a subsequent check on the downtown venue, officers found further violations and issued the bar two fines of $2,300.
“They were serving past 10, there were more than six people to a table … just about every regulation you can think of was not being followed,” said Tyre.
The fines were levied as COVID-19 numbers swell in British Columbia.
On Monday, B.C. health officials said 1,959 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past three days and there were nine deaths on the weekend.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 6,279 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., with 181 of those cases in hospital including 57 in intensive care.
Tyre said handing out fines is a last resort for police.
“There are businesses and people out there doing their best to follow the rules, keep people safe, and get by during this pandemic. It’s important that businesses and people follow the rules for the public’s safety and in order to keep things running and open,” he said.
In September, a Burnaby lounge was handed a $2,300 fine for staying open after the provincially mandated 11 p.m. closing time.