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VIDEO: Vandals hit Kelowna city hall overnight with COVID-19 conspiracy messages

Kelowna city hall anti-COVID graffitti
Anti-COVID graffiti is spray-painted on Kelowna city hall. (via Glacier Media)

This is not your typical tagging.

Kelowna city hall was awash in messages this morning (Oct. 27), condemning the COVID-19 pandemic as bogus.

Messages in large letters around the side and front of the building said, "no new normal, COVID is a plandemic," and "I want breathe fresh air and live free. COVID has a 99% survival rate, economic collapse does not."

'No new normal' was also spray-painted at the front entrance.

City Hall staff believe the graffiti happened sometime overnight and RCMP have been notified.

"First job is to get it cleaned up, then we'll start investigating and if we can determine who it is, we'll be pursuing the appropriate legal actions," says City of Kelowna spokesperson Tom Wilson.

"It's a democracy and people are free to express themselves and their opinions but in this case, graffiti is really not the preferred way to do it and we'd rather that people find more open ways to express their opinion."

Staff are now focused on getting the graffiti cleaned up.

"We're going to try different methods without having to repaint the whole building so we'll see how it goes," says Wilson.

A security guard at city hall says this is the worst instance of graffiti that he's ever seen.