BC Ferries has banned a dozen anti-mask protesters from crusing for the day after they brought about a disturbance and verbally abused different passengers Saturday morning.
The disturbance occurred on the 8:30 a.m. PT crusing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay in accordance the the company.
“BC Ferries has a compulsory masks coverage,” stated BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. “We do not tolerate this kind of behaviour.”
The group was believed to be travelling to the B.C. Freedom Mega Rally 2020 occasion, which is being held Saturday and Sunday on the Vancouver Artwork Gallery.
Marshall says the company referred to as West Vancouver police, who met the ship on the Horseshoe Bay terminal.
West Vancouver police waited for the anti-mask protesters as they disembarked the vessel on the Horseshoe Bay terminal. (Peter Mieras)
Corporal Neil Schafer says the preliminary report from BC Ferries indicated there have been 12 anti-mask protesters, however when officers arrived they stated the group was about 50 individuals.
Schafer says a number of officers responded to the group after they disembarked from the ferry, however Schafer says by then issues had calmed down.
“Our officers had a pair interactions with just a few of the protesters. Once more nothing a lot of observe, and actually had de-escalated right into a non-incident,” stated Schafer.
“There have been no arrests. There was nothing violent, no weapons from the protesters and our officers simply stood by and stored the peace.”
Schafer says the members within the disturbance have been permitted to proceed on their approach.
BC Ferries stated they banned roughly 12 of the members for not less than the remainder of in the present day. It additionally stated the ban might be prolonged.
The Queen of Oak Bay was delayed about 45 minutes because of the incident.
Based on the Fb web page for the B.C. Freedom Mega Rally, the group is against censorship, lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates, social distancing and call tracing, amongst different issues.