Victoria Police have issued a $230 fine to a man who refused to comply with COVID-19 rules at a downtown restaurant over the weekend.
In a statement released Monday morning, VicPD said they were called to a restaurant in the 1400-block of Store Street for reports of a violation of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA).
According to restaurant staff, a patron refused to wear a mask while not seated at the business, in violation of their pandemic safety plan.
Police say when staff asked him to wear a mask and follow health guidelines, he became belligerent, repeatedly swore at them, and refused to put on a mask.
As he was leaving the eatery, the man exaggeratedly coughed toward staff.
VicPD officers were able to immediately find the man after responding to the incident. He was detained and then issued a $230 violation ticket for abusive or belligerent behaviour in defiance of current Provincial Health Orders.
“This behavior is inexcusable,” said VicPD Chief Del Manak in a tweet Monday morning.
“Staff are just trying to do their job. They deserve better.”
This behavior is inexcusable. Staff are just trying to do their job. They deserve better. https://t.co/KbyT7i59HE
— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) December 7, 2020
Several fines and violation tickets have been issued in Greater Victoria over the past few months to people who refused to follow COVID-19 safety measures.