A 24-year-old Vancouver man spent Christmas night time in jail after repeatedly internet hosting events that violated COVID-19 public well being orders.
Vancouver police say they issued a number of warnings and fines to the person earlier than arresting him on Dec. 25 and charging him beneath part 99 of the Public Well being Act. He was launched on Boxing Day.
“He made clear that he has no plans to cease, so our officers obtained an arrest warrant and he spent Christmas in jail,” stated Sgt. Steve Addison.
Addison stated the Vancouver Police Division has acquired a dozen complaints about noise and events on the man’s downtown residence since September.
He was twice issued $2,300 violation tickets in December.
After one other loud social gathering on Dec. 18, VPD labored with Crown counsel to acquire an arrest warrant.
“This could function a reminder to anybody who thinks it is nonetheless OK to disregard the general public well being order and put different individuals in danger,” stated Addison.
The COVID-19 Associated Measures Act bans social gatherings of any dimension inside residences, however permits individuals who reside alone to host two individuals with whom they usually socialize.
Vancouver police say they’ve issued 21 tickets for illegal social gatherings for the reason that act got here into impact in July.