VICTORIA, B.C. – Fines for promoting and attending gatherings against the provincial health officer’s (PHO) orders have been raised.

Effective immediately, the province has amended the Violation Ticket Administration and Fine Regulation to raise the fine for promoting and attending a non-compliant gathering or event from $230 to $575.

The fine for those who organize or host an event will remain the same at $2,300.

“Over the last several months, it’s become clear that for some, the risk of a $230 violation ticket isn’t enough to deter attendance at events that violate the PHO order,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “I am disappointed that a small minority of British Columbians continue to put their health and the health of others at risk by attending unsafe gatherings. This selfish behaviour needs to stop, and police and provincial enforcement authorities will be able to issue these new fines immediately.”

The $230 fine will remain for those who fail to wear a mask and abide by patron conditions. The $575 fine for non-compliant events reflects that the behaviour is generally riskier than other offences but is still less extreme than offences within the $2,300 category.

More information on the types of tickets and fine amounts can be found on the BC Gov website.