Christmas Day violations lead to 32 COVID-19 tickets

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Richmond RCMP officers issued 32 violation tickets for contravention of COVID-19 measures on Christmas Day.

There were 19 people attending an event at a closed commercial unit, according to Supt. Will Ng. In addition to contravening the order that prohibits mass gatherings, the people were ticketed for failure to wear masks and abusive and belligerent behaviour.

Another large gathering saw 11 people ticketed for refusing to comply with law enforcement officers. A third event was a large household party at a private residence, discovered after complaints from neighbours.

Ng added that six officers are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure or quarantine due to illness. But overall, COVID-related service calls have been on the lower end.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel