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A group of people caught gambling at a local business in Surrey, B.C., face fines for not following COVID-19 regulations.

RCMP say they saw several people leave through the back of a business as officers knocked on the front door late Thursday during a compliance check on the business.

Police say in a statement that officers saw people without masks playing cards inside the business, which was closed to the public at that time.

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Officers handed out tickets to 14 people, totalling just over $5000 in fines.

Spokeswoman Sgt. Elenore Sturko called the business a “full house” of non-compliant people.

She says the police aren’t bluffing when they say they intend to enforce public health orders.

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