RCMP in Surrey, B.C., hand out $5,000 in fines to gamblers breaking COVID-19 rules

SURREY, B.C. — A group of people caught gambling at a local business in Surrey, B.C., face fines for not following COVID-19 regulations.

RCMP say they saw several people leave through the back of a business as officers knocked on the front door late Thursday during a compliance check on the business.

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Police say in a statement that officers saw people without masks playing cards inside the business, which was closed to the public at that time.

Officers handed out tickets to 14 people, totalling just over $5000 in fines.

Spokeswoman Sgt. Elenore Sturko called the business a "full house" of non-compliant people.

She says the police aren't bluffing when they say they intend to enforce public health orders.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021.

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