Police reminding Canucks fans to stay out of COVID-19 penalty box

AS the Vancouver Canucks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup, Surrey RCMP and Delta Police Department are reminding fans to celebrate safely.

For several years Canuck fans have gathered to celebrate playoff wins at the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Scott Road. In the interest of ensuring the celebrations remain safe, Surrey RCMP and Delta Police will be in attendance ensuring public safety, and managing traffic. Although police will be taking a measured approach, officers will be on hand enforcing the Criminal Code, and other provincial statutes including the liquor act. Officers will also be mindful of current COVID-19 public health orders, and will be monitoring the gathering for compliance.

“While we understand people naturally want to celebrate Canuck victories, we encourage them to do so within their own homes, or at small gatherings,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We have been seeing growing crowds along the border between Surrey and Delta, and we want to let people know that we’re working with our partners at Surrey RCMP to ensure the area remains safe for pedestrians and motorists.”

“Celebrations during previous play-off runs have been peaceful and, apart from traffic concerns, crowds have not caused significant issues,” says Staff-Sgt. Winston Shorey, Acting Community Services Officer. “This year, however, we are concerned about the risk of COVID-19 transmission among those who attend the gathering. We are asking everyone to ensure that they are complying with COVID-19 public health orders while celebrating.”

For more information on current public health orders visit the B.C. Provincial Health website.