City of Calgary update on COVID-19 & enhanced public health orders

The City of Calgary remains in a State of Local Emergency and our priority remains to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community while continuing to provide essential services.

On December 8, the Government of Alberta announced enhanced public health orders, necessary to help further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The City of Calgary fully supports the new measures and is reviewing how these changes will impact our operations,” said Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), Sue Henry.

“Once received, we will be reviewing the Provincial orders and determining the City’s response in support of them. We recognize these restrictions aren’t easy, especially during the holiday season and would like to thank all Calgarians for their efforts, including staying home as much as possible.”

For those that need emotional mental or social supports, know that help is available. Please call 211, text INFO to 211 or connect with them online.

City Winter Fire pits

Based on the new Provincial Health restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the following pertains to the City’s Winter Fire Pits:

  • Any existing permits are valid, but can only be used by those living in the same household
  • At this time we are unable to process any new permits.

Update on Bylaw Enforcement

Earlier this week, The City announced that the Province approved a request for Level 2 Peace Officers to be able to enforce the Public Health Act. This means that more than 100 Peace Officers in Calgary Community Standards can now support Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services in ensuring compliance with the Provincial Health Orders. This also allows for complaints to be sent directly to Calgary Community Standards. Public Health Order infractions can be called into 311 or the CPS non-emergency line (403) 266-1234.

Support Local YYC

There are ways that Calgarians can stay healthy and support local businesses at the same time throughout the holiday season.

  • If you have the means, support local restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars by getting takeout.
  • Buy gift cards for use at a later date from a local spa, salon, museum or recreation facility.
  • Take online classes from your favourite local gym.

Even though retail remains open with limited capacity, consider getting curbside pickup or shop at local businesses online. If you are going into a store, wear a mask, keep your distance and practice good hand hygiene.

Provincial health restrictions are necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our economy can't be healthy unless our people are too.