Officers clear out ‘disheartening’ Brampton house party with 200 attendees
No criminal charges laid, but organizer was fined $880
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say bylaw officers broke up a house party attended by as many as 200 people on Saturday night.
Peel Regional Police say the partygoers in Brampton, Ont., were violating provincial emergency orders enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peel Region remains in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, limiting gatherings to a maximum of 10 people with physical distancing in effect.
Police say nearby residents called in to report the party just before 10 p.m., and bylaw officers arrived on scene about an hour later. They say it took another hour to clear out the party.
Police say they didn’t lay criminal charges, but a spokesperson for the City of Brampton says the organizer was issued a fine of $880 and will also be charged under the public nuisance bylaw.
Const. Kyle Villers of Peel police called the incident “disheartening.”
“It shows the complete disregard for the health and well-being of everybody in Brampton,” he said. “To have a party with this many people giving the state of the world with COVID-19 is a ripe opportunity for another outbreak.”
Villers said it only takes one person to show symptoms to have hundreds of cases come out, which affects the greater community.