Vancouver and Victoria police issue tickets and break up gatherings on New Year's Eve

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Police say they issued tickets and broke up gatherings in several places in British Columbia on New Year's Eve in keeping with COVID-19 safety rules.

Vancouver police say they responded to 34 calls for gatherings and issued four tickets of $2,300 each to event organizers.

Victoria police, meanwhile, say they issued three tickets on New Year's Eve to a man who they allege refused to wear a mask in a cab, touched the cab driver's face and didn't follow officers' commands to leave the vehicle.

They say the man was fined $690 for failing to wear a facial covering, abusive or belligerent behaviour, and failing to comply with the direction of an officer.

They say this is the largest number of fines given to a person by Victoria officers.

The Canadian Press