At least 15 fines have been issued to Greater Victoria residents for not following COVID-19-related regulations.
In Esquimalt, police gave the first coronavirus warning on March 20, after receiving reports of a noise complaint. When the Victoria Police Department arrived, they found a group of youths having a house party, saying they were “immune” because of their age.
On Aug. 21, VicPD officers handed out a $2,300 fine to a resident holding a party in a one-bedroom apartment with, what officers believed was between 40 to 60 people in attendance throughout the evening.
Two days later, VicPD issued another $230 fine to a guest of a party held in the same one-bedroom suite as the Aug. 21 incident.
According to Bowen Osoko, spokesperson for VicPD, there have been a few additional incidents where warnings and reminders were issued to people.
Saanich police gave its first batch of tickets to 11 people attending a gathering on Sept. 18 at the University of Victoria, where they say at least 100 young people had been in attendance.
Saanich police also gave out a $2,300 fine on Halloween when called to a party where roughly 30 people were gathered in a home.
In Oak Bay, police fined a man $1,150 for what is believed to be the first ticket on the Island handed out for violating the Quarantine Act. A resident failed to adhere to a 14-day quarantine after returning to Canada from abroad.
The West Shore RCMP have given out zero fines in relation to COVID-19.
The Central Saanich Police Service and the North Saanich/Sidney RCMP did not respond to requests for comment before deadline.