Nelson Police Department

On April 3, 2021 at approximately 1200 hours, the Nelson Police Department monitored
a Freedom Rally that was held at Nelson City Hall. Nelson Police observed
approximately 150 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 75-80 participants conducted a march on Baker Street and
Vernon Street as part of the rally.
Although the rally was observed to be peaceful, participants were in contravention of
COVID-19 Related Measures 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 Measures Act and can face fines between $230.00 and $2,300.00.
Throughout the rally, police identified several key organizers involved in the event. At
the conclusion of the rally, police issued three $2,300.00 Violation Tickets. A 58-year-
old female from Winlaw, British Columbia, a 42-year-old male from Halfmoon Bay,
British Columbia, and a 41-year-old male from Vancouver, British Columbia were issued
a $2,300.00 Violation Ticket for their participation.
The public are being asked to ensure compliance of the British Columbia Public Health
Order, specifically the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, and individuals who fail to
comply could face fines.