The Comox Valley RCMP had a busy Halloween weekend with 72 calls for service on Oct. 31 and had to break up a large party which contravened a provincial health order.
At approximately 1 a.m., frontline members were called to a report of a party on the 2500 block of Mission Road in Courtenay, said Const. Monika Terragni of the Comox Valley RCMP.
Upon arrival, members observed a party of approximately 30 people in a 650 square foot apartment.
“Most party-goers dispersed without incident and the residents were warned against contravening a provincial health order. There were a few other reports from concerned residents about large parties, however, none of the other reports could be substantiated by attending officers,” she explained.
In late October, a provincial health order was issued that all households cannot have more than six people visit at one time to assist with the reduction of the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement can be done by police or other officials and could result in fines up to $2,000.
Officers also received more than 15 calls about fireworks. On the morning of Nov. 1, police received several calls reporting mischief which had occurred overnight including a missing manhole cover, damage to fences and messes left behind by fireworks and toilet paper.
Terragni noted the call volume was higher than a typical Saturday night, but not unexpected given the holiday.