Business owner operator fined for violating provincial Public Health Order


2021-04-09 14:40 PDT

File # 2021-916

The Revelstoke RCMP responded to a report in relation to a local business continuing to operate and host adult fitness classes in contravention of the current Public Health Order.

On April 8, 2021, Revelstoke RCMP were called to attend a local business, which allegedly was still holding in person, group adult fitness classes contrary to the provincial Public Health Order. Police attended, conducted an independent investigation and determined that a number of patrons were on site, prepared to participate in a group fitness class.

Police spoke with a representative of the business, explained the current COVID-19 regulations and restrictions and the consequences for failing to abide by the Public Health Order. Despite those discussions, the owner operator proceeded with the class. Police ultimately issued a pair of violation tickets under the Emergency Program Act for allegedly organizing or hosting a non-compliant event, which carries a fine amount of $2,300 and for failing to comply with direction $230.

We all have an important role to play during this health emergency. Overall, most members of the public are respecting the prevention orders issued by public health authorities and they understand it is not optional. Public safety is a priority for the RCMP and we urge citizens to adhere to the orders being implemented to keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of virus transmission, says Sgt. Chris Dodds, Detachment Commander for the Revelstoke RCMP. While we certainly can, and will enforce the provisions available to us under the Emergency Program Act, we continue to encourage everyone to voluntarily comply with the provincial health orders, so enforcement actions are not required.

Released by:
Sgt. Chris Dodds
Detachment Commander
Revelstoke RCMP

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381


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