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Police disperse yet another unmasked protest in Fruitvale

Lockdown protests are causing fault lines in some communities.

"On April 23, at 12:10 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report of an organized outdoor event located at the Creekside Park located on Columbia Gardens Road in Fruitvale," Wicentowich said. "Trail RCMP observed a female speaker using a microphone to talk to an allegedly unmasked crowd of approximately 40 people. There was also a small group of protesters carrying signs in attendance. The crowd began slowly dispersing after the arrival of the Trail RCMP."

Police are continuing to investigate a 60-year-old Trail man and 53-year-old woman for allegedly organizing the event.

"Trail RCMP would like to remind the public that anyone attending such an event could be issued a $230 fine for attending a non-compliant event under Section 4(4) of the Emergency Program Act. Other fines under the EPA also could apply.

With recent surges in COVID-19 infections in Canada, the Trail RCMP is asking the public to continue following social distancing rules and refrain from gathering, as well as following all other enacted laws under the Emergency Programs Act. Trail and Greater District community wants to prevent our local hospital from becoming overwhelmed with new cases, which will help ensure anyone can get medical treatment and care if required. Gatherings like this one can lead to the accelerated spread of COVID-19 through contact and close contact.

Wicentowich said the issue is causing a rift in the community, with many fearing one of these protests will become a super-spreader event.