VANCOUVER — Police have arrested a person who allegedly operated a makeshift nightclub at his Vancouver penthouse and issued fines towards him and his suspected friends totaling greater than $17,000.
Sgt. Steve Addison says the case ought to be a lesson to anybody caught internet hosting a celebration in violation of provincial measures imposed in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says police launched an investigation per week in the past after a witness referred to as police to report a big occasion contained in the downtown condo.
Addison says officers issued quite a few fines to a 42-year-old host who was allegedly working as a doorman however refused to open the door and was defiant with police.
Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant after he allegedly held two extra giant events this weekend.
Addison says the 102-square-metre penthouse was filled with individuals and gave the impression to be operating as a nightclub and present lounge.
“Our officers discovered 78 individuals contained in the three-level condo, and none of them have been carrying masks,” he mentioned. “There have been menus, tables, point-of-sale terminals and money tills.”
Police issued every partygoer a $230 ticket for failing to put on a face overlaying and arrested the host.
Provincial measures ban social gatherings of any measurement inside residences, however permit individuals who dwell alone to host two individuals with whom they recurrently socialize.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Jan. 31, 2021.
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