A former Smithers councillor and mayoral candidate was arrested last week for refusing to wear a mask.
Randy Bell was inside a local bank where he repeatedly refused to wear a mask, despite the new provincial COVID-19 regulations that came into effect Thursday (Nov 19).
Bell posted a video on Facebook Friday of him inside the bank and his conversation with a police officer.
He was later detained, removed from the bank, and received a warning.
He was later released and advised to review the current public health orders in place.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the new regulations last Thursday (Nov 17) after COVID-19 cases have surged across the province.
Bell was unsuccessful in his campaign for councillor during the Smithers by-election in October and in 2018 was unsuccessful in his run for mayor.