Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has asked ministry staff to look at whether the government can quickly increase fines for those caught breaking COVID-19 laws multiple times.
“I do know there are some legal issues in terms of what can be done administratively rather than through the legislature, which takes time,” Farnworth said Tuesday.
“I think the message is really clear: Abide by these rules. The sooner we defeat this virus, the sooner life will be able to get back to normal.”
Yep fine you to death, come on people wake up…..
The comment followed incidents at a handful of churches, mainly in the Fraser Valley, in which congregants have refused to obey the provincial orders that ban in-person religious services.
Last month, the Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley was fined $2,300 for being open even after it was ordered to close.
Last weekend, the Chilliwack RCMP said they were investigating after several churches still held in-person services, saying the public health order violates their constitutional rights.
“It’s unfortunate we have a very small group of religious groups who are not following the guidelines and the health orders,” Farnworth said.
“They have been ticketed. And they will be ticketed again and again and again.”