British Columbia

Vancouver party hosts arrested following multiple public complaints

Vancouver Police arrested two downtown Vancouver party hosts early Saturday morning following nearly a dozen complaints from neighbours alleging the pair were violating a public health order which bans large social gatherings.

Police arrest and charge 2 party hosts under the B.C. Public Health Act which bans large gatherings

Vancouver police say the two men were arrested following 10 complaints early Saturday morning from the public about alleged B.C. Public Health Act violations. (Google Street View)

Police arrested two downtown Vancouver party hosts early Saturday morning following nearly a dozen complaints from neighbours alleging the pair were violating a public health order that bans large social gatherings.

"After repeated complaints from the public and unsuccessful efforts to convince these hosts to stop having parties, our officers obtained a search warrant and forced entry into the condo Saturday to arrest two men," wrote Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Steve Addison in a statement Monday.

"The alleged hosts were taken to jail, and six guests were issued $230 tickets for being at the gathering," he wrote.

Police say the pair were arrested after officers received 10 complaints about the noise and parties in the highrise condo near Burrard and Alberni streets.

"Our officers will continue to make every effort to speak with violators, to remind them of the rules and to convince them to obey the health order," said Addison.

"But when someone flagrantly ignores the law and puts others at risk of contracting COVID, we will use our legal powers to hold them accountable." 

Manjinder Sagoo, 37, is facing three counts of failing to comply with an order of the health officer, contrary to Section 99 on the B.C. Public Health Act, according to the statement.

Sanad Rayes, 35, is charged with two counts of failing to comply with an order of the health officer, contrary to Section 99 of the same act, which bans social gatherings of any size inside residences.

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