BC Ferries says it has banned a dozen individuals from crusing on Saturday after a gaggle of anti-mask protestors precipitated a disturbance and verbally abused different passengers.
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 one of these 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.
Corporal Neil Schafer says the preliminary report from BC Ferries indicated there have been 12 anti-mask protestors, however when officers arrived they stated the group was about 50 individuals.
Schafer says a number of officers responded to the group once they disembarked from the ferry, however Schafer says by then issues had calmed down.
“Our officers had a pair interactions with a couple of of the protestors. 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 protestors and our officers simply stood by and saved the peace.”
Schafer says the contributors within the disturbance had been permitted to proceed on their manner.
BC Ferries says they banned roughly 12 of the contributors for not less than the remainder of immediately.
The Queen of Oak Bay was delayed about 45 minutes because of the incident.
In response to the Fb web page for the B.C. Freedom Mega Rally, the group is against censorship, lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates, social distancing and phone tracing, amongst different issues.