COVID-19: Surrey RCMP ruins poker evening and palms out fines

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COVID-19 officers fined 14 card players more than $ 5,000 for violating B.C. provincial public health ordinances

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Scott Brown

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February 22, 2021 • • 13 minutes ago • • 1 minute read COVID-19 officers fined 14 card players more than $ 5,000 for violating B.C. provincial public health ordinances. Photo by Kucher Serhii /.Vancouver Sun.

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A group of Surrey poker players played and lost last week after their game was abandoned by COVID-19 police.

According to the Surrey RCMP, the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET) resolved an out of hours card game with up to 14 employees at a company on the 13500 block of 105A Avenue last Thursday.

The police fined the players more than $ 5,000 for violating B.C. Provincial health ordinances currently prohibiting social gatherings of people from different households or core bubbles.

"When officers knocked on the door, they observed several people exit the store through the back door," the Surrey RCMP said in a press release. "Through further investigation, the officers found that other people in the company were without masks and playing cards."

According to police, 13 of the players received $ 230 each for participating in a non-compliant event, while the host was fined $ 2,300 for organizing the game.

"It was evident that this was a full house of non-compliant individuals," said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Elenore Sturko. "We're not bluffing when we say we intend to enforce public health regulations."

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