Municipality warns of health order enforcement

 | November 16, 2020

Vacation rental owners urged to check bookings

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Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) is reminding residents that a recent provincial health order also applies to, and may be enforced in, Sun Peaks. 

The order, made on Nov. 10 by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, states no more than six visitors are permitted in addition to household members in a residence or vacation home. 

In a Nov. 12 statement SPMRM suggested all property managers review their bookings to ensure compliance. 

Chief administrative officer Rob Bremner said SPMRM bylaw officers will work with RCMP to enforce the order in the community. 

“We’re just wanting to be sure that everybody understands that there is a public health order and that we will certainly be keeping an eye on it,” Bremner said. “If there are any reports of excesses then we will certainly be dealing with it.”

He said there have been no fines given for this or other provincial health orders in Sun Peaks to date. 

“I think sometimes people forget that we still are a town and the rules still do apply. It’s not a no holds barred situation and you can just do whatever you want when you come to Sun Peaks.”

Non-compliance of the order can result in a $2,000 fine for the host or accommodation owner and $200 fine for attendees who refuse to leave.

The order can be read in full here