If you’re planning on hosting a large party in the Comox Valley, it could cost you.

That’s because anyone hosting large gatherings in homes or businesses can now be issued a fine or violation ticket by police and other provincial enforcement officers.

Penalties include:

  • $2000 for hosting a private party or public event with 50-plus people;
  • $2000 for hosting a gathering without hand sanitation, enough space for physical distancing or washroom facilities;
  • $2000 for having more than five guests attend an event at a vacation rental;
  • $200 for anyone who refuses to leave a gathering or event when directed to do so; and
  • $200 for anyone who refuses to follow COVID-19 safety rules at a restaurant, gathering or event and becomes abusive or belligerent towards employees.

“Unsafe behaviour by a minority of people puts all of us at risk,” explains CVRD board chair and emergency operations centre (EOC) spokesperson Jesse Ketler. 

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally, every single one of us has an important role to play. With the increase in cases in B.C. over these past few weeks, and new cases on Vancouver Island, we must remain vigilant. I urge our community not to become complacent – we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. We can all lead by example by practising the safety measures the Provincial Health Officer has put into place.”

Local bylaw officers aren’t able to ticket or detain people over public health enforcement orders. 

Instead, they’ll pass along any complaints provided to the RCMP for follow-up.

Local bylaw officers can help follow-up on concerns and engage the RCMP, health officers and WorkSafeBC as necessary. 

You’re asked to call the Courtenay RCMP non-emergency line at 250-338-1321 to report a concern.

Courtenay RCMP Non-Emergency Line: 250-338-1321