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Man ticketed, banned from Burnaby business for refusing to wear mask

Police issued two tickets for COVID-19 violations in Burnaby last month, according to an RCMP enforcement update
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A man was ticketed for refusing to wear a mask at an Edmonds-area business on Dec. 28.

A man who refused to wear a mask at a Burnaby business last month was fined and banned from the premises, according to police.

Officers responded to the business – located in the 7300 block of Edmonds Street – on Dec. 28 after getting a complaint that four men there were refusing to wear masks, according to a police update this week on December COVID enforcements.

“One of the men initially refused to cooperate or even provide identification to police,” stated the update. “This man was eventually issued a ticket and was asked by staff not to return to their business.”

Burnaby RCMP is releasing monthly updates about its enforcement actions through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers responded to a total of 58 complaints, issued two CRMA tickets and conducted numerous restaurant, lounge and business checks in the month of December, according to the most recent update.

The other ticket issued last month was for a couple of holiday partiers who returned to the scene of the “crime” after being told to go away.

Officers got a complaint about a party – also in the 7300 block of Edmonds Street – on Dec. 20.

They found two people in the residence that didn’t live there and one in contravention of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, according to police.

The two non-residents eventually left, police said, but another call 20 minutes later informed them the non-residents had returned.

The officers went back, and a ticket was issued.

Regular patrols by Burnaby RCMP’s COVID compliance enforcement team and City of Burnaby bylaw officers continue this month at local businesses.

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