On February 6, 2021 at approximately 1200 hours, the Nelson Police Department monitored a Freedom Rally that was held at Nelson City Hall. Nelson Police observed approximately 75 participants who gathered to listen to speakers with messaging around COVID-19 related guidelines, measures, and enacted laws.
Police observed some participants standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of Ward Street where they carried signs displayed for passing vehicles and pedestrians. In addition, approximately 40-45 participants conducted a march on Baker Street as part of the rally.
Although the rally was observed to be peaceful, participants were in contravention of COVID-19 Emergency Program Act. As a result of the current Provincial Health Order, individuals who choose to organize or attend this type of gathering are in contravention of the COVID-19 Emergency Program Act and can face fines between $230.00 and $2,300.00.
On Saturday February 6, 2021, the organizer, a 58-year-old female from Winlaw, British Columbia, was issued a $2,300.00 Violation Ticket.
The public are being asked to ensure compliance of the British Columbia Public Health Order, specifically the COVID-19 Emergency Program Act, and individuals who fail to comply could face fines.