Some changes are being made in Calgary as part of the province’s newly announced COVID-19 restrictions.
A layoff from the city on Wednesday describes how the city government plans to postpone its activities in support of the public health orders announced by Prime Minister Jason Kenney on Tuesday.
“The City of Calgary fully supports the new measures and is currently evaluating how these changes will affect our business,” said Sue Henry, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), in the press release.
“As soon as we receive them, we will review the provincial directives and determine the city’s response in support of these orders. We understand that these restrictions are not easy, especially during the holiday season, and we would like to thank all Calgarians for their efforts to stay home as much as possible. “
The popular public fire pits that the city installed a few weeks ago remain for use, but are limited to existing permits and can only be used by people who live in the same household.
Unfortunately, the city states that it will no longer be able to process new permits in the future.
Level 2 peace officers have received approval to enforce Public Health Law, which means an additional 100 peace officers can write tickets for Calgarians found to be in violation of the new restrictions.
Fines can range up to $ 1,000 for the first ticket and up to $ 100,000 if taken to court.
The city also notes that Calgarians can continue to support their local businesses during the holidays by having takeout at local bars and restaurants, purchasing gift cards for later use at services or recreational facilities, and taking online classes at a local gym.
“Even if retail stores are still open with limited capacity, consider roadside pickup or shop online at local businesses. When you go to a store, wear a mask, keep your distance and practice good hand hygiene, ”the press release said.
“Health restrictions in the provinces are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our economy can only be healthy if our employees are too. “