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Vernon RCMP shut down illegal all-night rave before it started

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August 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Vernon RCMP recently shut down an illegal rave last month, putting an end to the all-night-long dance party before it even got going.

A forest recreation campsite at Mabel Lake in Lumby had been the chosen site for the illegal rave before the RCMP put an end to the partygoers' plans.

"Anyone who knows about raves (knows) they only publish where it's going to be that day," Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher told Vernon council Aug. 17. "We try and get on top of them as fast as we can."

With COVID-19 numbers climbing in B.C. amid crowds of young people partying, this illegal party was quickly kiboshed before any mass gathering could take place.

Baher told RCMP officers followed the organizer's plans on social media and learned the rave was to happen July 25.

Armed with a warning letter from Interior Health's Environmental Public Health unit, which stated that gatherings of more than 50 people were prohibited, the RCMP officers arrived at the remote rural site along with officers from the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

The letter was issued to the rave's organizer who then complied with Interior Health's direction.

It's unclear how many ravers planned to attend the event, but because of the proactive action taken by the RCMP along with the other authorities, the "event did not proceed as planned," Vernon RCMP Cpl. Tania Finn told Finn said approximately 20 people were at the camping rec site when police arrived.

Finn said there were no further complaints over the weekend.

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