City of Calgary update on collaborative COVID-19 enforcement measures and violation tickets

City of Calgary update on COVID-19 enforcement measures

City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.

The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect Aug. 1, 2020. On Monday, Dec. 14, Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw through December 2021 and increased penalties for failure to wear a face covering and repeat violations within a 12-month period.

Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:

  • 61 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020
    • Of those, 20 violation tickets have been issued since December 17, 2020
  • One ticket has been issued for failure to display prescribed signage in an entryway of a public indoor space. This is the only ticket issued of this nature since August 1, 2020

The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the second State of Local Emergency was declared is:

  • 47 violation tickets since November 24, 2020
    • 33 of those violation tickets were issued since December 17, 2020

City business licence inspectors and partners from Alberta Health Services, CPS, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and Occupational Health and Safety have formed a Public Health Compliance Team (PHCT) to monitor compliance, address concerns and support measures that help protect Calgarians.

The PHCT will conduct weekly inspections for the foreseeable future and any non-essential business found operating in contravention of the PHA could face multiple fines and the possibility of suspension or revocation of their business licence coupled with the charges.

Over the last week, the team performed proactive business inspections and responded to concerns related to COVID-19. All locations were found to be adhering to public health orders.

Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or report complaints to Alberta Health Services online or by calling 1-833-415-9179, or to The City by contacting 311, or the CPS non-emergency at 403-266-1234 where violations are suspected.

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