City of Calgary update on collaborative 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.
We are currently in Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta Open for Summer Plan. While this is an exciting step forward, The City of Calgary would like to remind Calgarians that public health orders are still in place and will continue to be enforced for the safety of all.
The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect August 1, 2020. The Government of Alberta now requires those unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition to obtain and provide an exception letter from an authorized health professional. On June 21, 2021 Calgary City Council voted to extend the municipal bylaw in the short term but will revisit the COVID-19 outlook again on July 5, 2021 to determine whether the bylaw will be repealed.
Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:
- 555 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020
- Of those,16 violation tickets have been issued since June 16, 2021.
While compliance with the temporary bylaw remains high in public spaces and Calgary Transit vehicles, increased enforcement presence and repeat offences have resulted in the increase in tickets.
The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:
- 217 violation tickets since November 24, 2020.
- Of those, zero violation tickets have been issued since June 16, 2021.
City business licence inspectors, peace officers and partners from AHS, CPS, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis and Occupational Health and Safety have formed a Public Health Compliance (PHC) Team to monitor compliance, address concerns and support measures that help protect Calgarians. This team will continue to conduct proactive inspections and respond to concerns jointly, to ensure businesses are following public health orders. 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.
The City of Calgary would like to thank citizens and businesses for their continued adherence to public health orders and for playing an important role in the health and safety of all Calgarians. Where violations are suspected, 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 line at 403-266-1234.
More information is available on Calgary.ca/covid19.