Mohammad Movassaghi, 42, was included in court documents on two counts of failure to comply with a health officer’s order. Early Sunday, police issued $17,000 in fines and said they found the 1,100-square-foot penthouse packed with individuals.
As a nightclub and show lounge, police said, the penthouse operation appeared to be running, and featured menus, tables, point-of-sale terminals, and cash tills. No one was wearing a mask inside the three-storey apartment. The COVID-19 restrictions of British Columbia ban gathering with anyone outside your household. There were 4,557 active cases of the disease in the province as of Friday, with 292 people in hospital, of whom 74 are in intensive care.
For attending a non-compliant event, each party-goer was fined $230. According to the police, the party host was arrested under the Public Health Act and taken to jail. On Sunday, the charges against the 42-year-old were not confirmed, but he identified himself as the owner on Facebook.