News reports emerged that Police and bylaw officers broke up a Brampton house party attended by as many as 200 people on Saturday night. Organizers had tried to keep the gathering off social media and hide the event from their neighbours, according to Peel Regional Police, reported CBC News.
Officers said they were called to the area of Countryside Drive and Goreway Road around 10 p.m. due to noise complaints and reports of a large party taking place inside a home.
A neighbour told CP24 other people were watching to make sure attendees did not film the large gathering on their phones. Video posted to social media showed numerous vehicles parked on grass near the property.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown commented on Twitter and stated that charges were laid and tickets were issued. The mayor tweeted further and stated, “I can confirm #Brampton by law officers laid charges on the property owners. The matter will be going to court. Maximum penalty is $100,000. Reckless behavior is expensive.”
Mayor Brown told CTV News Toronto that he feels like those who attended the parties don’t realize that the pandemic is not over.
Peel Region has not moved to Stage 3 and remains in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, limiting gatherings to a maximum of 10 people with physical distancing in effect.