The host of a card game in his house has been fined more than $3,000 for contravening pandemic-related health orders.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels said officers responded to a home in the 1800-block of Hugh Allan Drive in Pineview Valley following a complaint of an illegal gambling event.
Michel said officers arrived at 1 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 20) — just 10 hours after Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued new provincewide health orders that included no gatherings of people outside of those living in a home.
“Upon arrival, police officers discovered a very unco-operative homeowner who was hosting a card game around a table with nine others who did not live in the home,” Michels said. “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.”
Michels said the 37-year-old homeowner was allegedly very unco-operative 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:
• Contravention of gatherings and events Order ($2,300);
• Fail to comply with direction from enforcement officer ($230);
• Promote or encourage attendance at non-compliant gathering or event ($230);
• Abusive or belligerent behaviour ($230).
"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,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said.
“The unco-operative nature of the homeowner just makes this even more troublesome. Our priority is to educate people to change their behaviour for the safety of everyone."