Smithers man arrested after refusing to wear mask in bank


SMITHERS (NEWS 1130) — A former mayoral candidate in Northern B.C. was arrested after he refused to wear a mask while inside a bank this weekend.

Randy Bell posted a video of himself on Facebook Sunday where he repeatedly refused to wear the face-covering despite being asked to.

Masks became mandatory in most of the province’s indoor public spaces, including banks, last Thursday.

Smithers RCMP confirms officers were called to a local bank because someone was not wearing a mask, and despite the efforts of police officers to get him to cooperate, he was detained and escorted from the business.

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The man was eventually released without any charges, and was “directed to review the current public health orders in place.”

Bell ran unsuccessfully for a town council seat in a by-election in October. He also made a run for Mayor in 2018.

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