Statement of Sgt. Clive Seabrook in relation to planned rally

Salt Spring Island

2021-03-15 11:19 PDT

 Salt Spring Island is an incredible place to live, with strong community spirit, which is why I am personally asking residents, instead of attending events like these that create division in our community, please continue to work together to keep Salt Spring Island safe and healthy during this global pandemic.

The Salt Spring Island RCMP is asking residents to reconsider gathering and explore other options to show support for world peace and freedom.

We are aware there is a rally planned for this upcoming weekend and while we absolutely support a person’s democratic right to demonstrate, now is not the time to be gathering, we need to remain vigilant. Here in BC, we continue to see a high numbers of COVID-19 cases daily.

Last week the Provincial Health Officer relaxed some of the restrictions and outdoor social gatherings with 10 or fewer people are now permitted. The important thing to understand is that these gatherings are still limited to people within your own cohort and gatherings for events such as a rally or protest, remain prohibited.

I want to caution people who violate the provincial health order, and reassure the general public, that the Salt Spring RCMP will continue to work with our partners at the Provincial Health Authority and BC Prosecution Service to address all ongoing violations of the public health orders. Organizers of planned events can face fines of $2,300, and attendees may also be fined $230.

Salt Spring Island is an incredible place to live, with strong community spirit, which is why I am personally asking residents, instead of attending events like these that create division in our community, please continue to work together to keep Salt Spring Island safe and healthy during this global pandemic.

For more information on the Provincial Health Orders please visit the BC Government website.

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Sgt. Clive Seabrook
Salt Spring Island Detachment Commander

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