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Saanich Police issued two separate fines over the weekend for indoor gatherings they say violated current Provincial Health Orders.

Officers were called to noise disturbances on Friday, March 26th, and early in the morning of Saturday March 27th.

In each case, police say there were people gathered inside of homes, including additional people who were not residents.

One of the homeowners said they were having a party with friends from the neighbourhood.

Each homeowner was fined $2,300 for being in contravention of provincial health orders.

Saanich PD Constable Markus Anastasiades said in a statement that the force has had to issue a relatively low volume of tickets throughout the pandemic, indicating that the overwhelming majority of people in Saanich are following restrictions.

“However, there are those that continue to choose to not follow these rules,” he said.

“With new province-wide restrictions announced yesterday, it is important for residents and businesses to be aware of all of the current measures in place and plan their events accordingly.”

Anastasiades added that Saanich PD will investigate all reports contravening health orders. Anyone wishing to make a report can contact the police non-emergency line at (250) 475-4321.

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