Since the city enacted a temporary COVID-19 statute for face coverings on Aug. 1, Calgary has issued 318 violation tickets for not wearing face coverings when required.
A Calgary City press release said 14 of those tickets have been issued since March 18.
In December, the Calgary City Council extended the provisional statute through December 2021.
The council also increased penalties for lack of face covering and for repeated violations within a 12 month period.
City of Alberta Health Services, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and Occupational Safety and Health Inspectors and Partners for Corporate Licenses have formed a Public Health Compliance (PHC) team.
The PHC monitors compliance, addresses concerns, and supports health measures that help protect the Calgarians.
This team conducts regular inspections. Any non-material company operating outside of current PHA guidelines may receive a ticket, suspension, or revocation of their business license in addition to multiple fines.
Since August, Calgary has issued only one such violation ticket because a company failed to display required signage in an entrance to a public indoor space.
“[We] I want to thank citizens and businesses for continuing to adhere to public health regulations and playing an important role in the health of all Calgarians, ”said the City of Calgary.