Skip to content
Join our Newsletter
Join our Newsletter

Nightmare on Granville St? Vancouver party-goers flout COVID-19 rules Halloween night

Social media posts showed downtown streets crowded with party-goers on Halloween night, apparently flouting COVID-19 safety protocols.
screenshot-reddit-granville-vancouver-halloween
Crowds pack the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver on Halloween night. Photo: Screenshot/Reddit

Vancouver police say they are disappointed after social media posts showed downtown streets crowded with party-goers on Halloween night, apparently flouting COVID-19 safety protocols.  

Spokesman Const. Jason Doucette says it wasn't possible to try to disperse the alcohol-fuelled crowd or issue tickets due to a number of factors. 

He says the number of people in downtown grew larger than expected and additional resources were brought in from around the city.

Doucette says police made a number of arrests for minor offences, such as causing a disturbance, but there were no reported injuries.

He says police likely won’t have a clear picture of calls for service on Halloween until later today.

On Thursday, B.C.'s chief medical officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said the province was in a "danger zone" with more than 2,300 active cases of COVID-19 being reported. 

Granville Street right now from r/vancouver

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2020.

push icon
Be the first to read breaking stories. Enable push notifications on your device. Disable anytime.
No thanks