B.C. Ferries has a mandatory mask policy on vessels and at terminals. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. Ferries has a mandatory mask policy on vessels and at terminals. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: No tickets for anti-maskers on B.C. Ferries

West Van Police say their intention was to ‘keep the peace’ after being called to terminal

Police called to deal with anti-mask protesters on B.C. Ferries this past weekend kept the peace, but didn’t issue any tickets.

Const. Kevin Goodmurphy, West Vancouver Police spokesman, said officers were called Saturday morning to meet a ferry sailing from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay after a report that approximately 50 passengers on board were refusing to wear face masks.

“Ferry staff indicated that they were mingling with masked passengers, not respecting personal space and apparently they had allegedly been engaging in verbal disputes,” Goodmurphy said.

He added that West Van Police did not receive any reports of any physical altercation.

Goodmurphy said by the time police arrived, ferry passengers were preparing to disembark and any “rallying, if you will,” had dispersed.

“We didn’t witness any over rules being broken when it comes to the COVID-19 regulations, so we did not issue any fines…” he said. “Really our intention was to make sure that everyone was behaving themselves and we were just there to keep the peace and get people moving as best they could.”

Goodmurphy said West Van Police identified two vehicles associated with the group and both drivers confirmed they were travelling to a rally in downtown Vancouver. He said B.C. Ferries issued protesters 24-hour bans from ferry corporation property.

B.C. Ferries said Saturday that it won’t tolerate non-compliance with its mandatory mask policy and will ban travellers from passage. B.C. Premier John Horgan said people who aren’t prepared to follow B.C. Ferries’ health and safety rules should “buy a boat.”

RELATED: ‘Buy a boat,’ Horgan advises anti-maskers on B.C. Ferries

Goodmurphy said as far as he knows, Saturday’s incident was the first time police had been called to Horseshoe Bay terminal for that purpose. He said West Van Police have issued some tickets for violations of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, mostly at house parties, but also ticketed two people last week who hadn’t quarantined after arriving from the United States.

RELATED: Anti-mask protesters cause disturbance on ferry from Nanaimo



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusPolice

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)
Island Corridor Foundation all aboard with Holiday Train supporting toy drive

Charity event supporting Great Nanaimo Toy Drive takes place at two locations Dec. 10

A widened pathway, lighting and other improvements promise to convert a trail through Bowen Park into an urban cycling commuter link as part of a sewerage upgrade project to be carried out in 2021. (City of Nanaimo image)
Nanaimo sewer upgrade project will transform trail through Bowen Park

City asking for input into project’s design

Lantzville District Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)
Lantzville moving forward with 7.6-per cent property tax increase

District council passes three readings of financial plan bylaw

War and evil aren’t God-made, they are human-made, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human choices, not God’s will, cause war

God gave us free will and unfortunately we do not always make good decisions, says letter writer

A Nanaimo driver was sentenced Monday for fatally striking a high school student with his vehicle in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo driver sentenced after motor vehicle incident that killed teen last year

Brandon Geoffrey Murdoch fined and prohibited from driving for two years

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Coast Guard cleans up diesel spill in Parksville’s French Creek Harbour

Barge carrying fuel truck collides with fishing vessel

(Pixabay)
All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

Firefighters try to put out a structure fire on the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay early Saturday morning. (Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department photo)
Horses in nearby stable saved as building burns down in Nanoose Bay

Firefighters called out in the early-morning hours Saturday

Stock photo
Senior from Gibsons caught viewing child porn sentenced to 10 months

74-year-old pleaded guilty after police seized 1,500-2,500 images

Brian McFadden, vice-president of the Vancouver Island Military Museum, shows elements of a new exhibit there that examines some of the horrors and hardships for women and children in prison camps during First and Second World Wars. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women in prison camps persevered

Letter writer shares her mother’s recollections of prison camp in Java during Second World War

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. to test emergency alert system on cell phones, TVs, radios on Wednesday

The alert is part of a twice yearly test of the national Alert Ready system

(Pixabay.com)
Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Most Read