Card game host dealt a hand of hefty fines
2020-11-20 21:35 PST
File # 2020-38612
A homeowner may have been winning in his game of cards but definitely lost his ante after being fined over $3000 for hosting a non-COVID compliant game.
At approximately 1 a.m. on November 20, 2020, members of the Kamloops RCMP attended a residence in the 1800-block of Hugh Allan Drive to investigate the report of an illegal gambling event. Upon arrival police officers discovered a very uncooperative homeowner who was hosting a card game around a table with nine others who did not live in the home. Contrary to COVID-19 restrictions of "no guests in your home", the participants were not social distanced, not wearing masks, and no sanitation stations were available.
During the investigation the 37-year-old homeowner was allegedly very uncooperative and was subsequently arrested for obstructing the police officers. He was released after the card players dispersed and was issued several fines as a result of his actions contrary to the Public Health Order.
The homeowner was issued several fines under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA)
- Schedule 2 CRMA - Item 23.3 - Fail to comply with Law Enforcement direction ($230)
- Schedule 2.2 CRMA - Contravention of gathers and events order ($2300)
- Schedule 4 CRMA - Item 23.2 - Promote or encourage attendance to non-compliant event ($230)
- Schedule 6 CRMA - Item 23.3 - Abusive/belligerent behaviour at social gathering ($230)
The Kamloops RCMP is encouraging everyone to comply with the orders that have be laid out under the Public Health Order as it is for all of our safety.
It is disheartening when our police officers have to attend such gatherings putting themselves at risk of catching COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families when it can be avoided. The uncooperative nature of the homeowner just makes this even more troublesome, says the OIC of the Kamloops Detachment, Supt Lecky.
Our priority is to educate people to change their behaviour for the safety of everyone.
Sgt. Darren Michels
560 Battle Street, Kamloops BC V2C 6N4
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