CALGARY – Level 2 peace officers in Calgary have been granted authority by the province to write tickets for anyone who does not adhere to mandatory health guidelines.
Ryan Pleckaitis, Chief Bylaw Officer, announced during an update on Wednesday how new health interventions in the provinces will affect city services.
“Because of the new restrictions announced on Tuesday, I think we will need additional help,” he said. “This means we now have over 100 peace officers in the Calgary Community Standards who can assist the Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services in ensuring provincial health directives are followed.
“This includes 15 corporate license inspectors who can enforce restrictions in companies across the city and 75 peace officers who are able to enforce any health order restrictions.”
The province announced tough new measures that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Here you will find restaurants and bars that are closed for personal dining and the temporary closure of personal wellness areas such as hair salons, nail salons, massage and tattoo parlors.
Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are also prohibited with immediate effect. However, Albertans are allowed to walk, ice-skate, or engage in other outdoor activities in small groups, provided there is separation between people.
Close contact is reserved for members of your household only. Those who live alone can name up to two close contacts who are allowed to visit.
Masks are also now mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Alberta.
Places such as casinos, bingo halls, game entertainment centers, horse tracks, running tracks, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions and private clubs will also be closed.
Retail stores can remain open, but like shopping centers, they are reduced to 15 percent of capacity. Albertans should also work from home unless an employer deems their presence essential to the operation.
The new measures will take effect for the next four weeks.
City officials have previously declared a state of emergency locally and the province has declared a state of emergency for public health.
The fine for not wearing a mask is $ 50 and the fine for not following public health orders is $ 1,200. This may include a court appearance that could result in a fine of up to $ 100,000.
Pleckaitis tickets are expected to be issued in connection with major protests against masks and barriers near the town hall.
“We issued two tickets under the Public Health Act to events at Olympic Plaza. One was for an event that was last Wednesday. The second ticket was for another event that was on Sunday. We also have four more Tickets issued under the Public Health Act. ” Statutes for various offenses. “
The statute officials were also called to a religious meeting on Friday.
“It took place in a location with no approved development or building permits. According to our investigation, our building technology partners in Calgary have now issued three tickets under the land use law,” Pleckaitis said.
Each of these tickets is fined $ 3,000.
“I know that there is a huge focus on enforcing public health law, but I want to bring this up to demonstrate that we have a wide variety of legal tools that can be used when activities or services are in provision become a way that endangers the health or safety of others. “
A second complaint was filed on Sunday, alleging that the service was overburdened and attendees were not wearing masks, and Pleckaitis said the investigation was still ongoing.
Good news came from the city’s update when Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the popular fire pit program is expected to continue, barring the new health rules.
“Nothing prevents people from booking one of these fire pits for their own family cohort, and we have many, many bookings and permits going forward that we will likely honor,” he said.
“We ask people to limit themselves to their family cohort.”
Nenshi also encouraged the Calgarians to support local businesses whenever possible as the next few weeks will be difficult for many.
Alberta announced 1,727 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There are 654 people in the hospital, 112 of them in the intensive care unit. There have been 640 deaths related to the novel coronavirus.