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11/01/2020 22:49 EST

Crowd Of Unmasked Partygoers Flooded Vancouver's Granville Street On Halloween

Police said they had to bring in additional resources from around the city.

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People celebrate Halloween on Granville Street in Vancouver, B.C. on October 31, 2020.

Vancouver police say they are disappointed after social media posts showed downtown streets crowded with party-goers on Halloween night, apparently flouting COVID-19 safety protocols.  

Spokesman Const. Jason Doucette says it wasn’t possible to try to disperse the alcohol-fuelled crowd or issue tickets due to a number of factors. 

He says the number of people in downtown grew larger than expected and additional resources were brought in from around the city. 

Doucette says police made a number of arrests for minor offences, such as causing a disturbance, but there were no reported injuries.

He says police likely won’t have a clear picture of calls for service on Halloween until later today.

On Thursday, B.C.’s chief medical officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said the province was in a “danger zone” with more than 2,300 active cases of COVID-19 being reported.  

 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2020.

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