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Alberta now enforcing public health measures

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March 26, 2020 at 9:33 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

With COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise, the province is now cracking down on making sure public health orders are followed.

Effective today, peace officers and other law enforcement agencies in Alberta will be enforcing public health orders for the safety of Albertans. This comes on the heels of the federal government invoking the Quarantine Act, to make self-isolation federally mandatory.

Alberta public health orders include mandatory self-isolation for travellers returning from outside of Canada for 14 days, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.

This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose.

Enforcement will also focus on making sure mass gatherings of more than 50 people do not take place.

Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement during the province’s daily update on Wednesday afternoon, saying, “We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through this pandemic. While the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to flatten the curve by self-isolating, practising physical distancing or helping those who are self-isolating, some are not. Self-isolation orders are not suggestions or guidelines – they are now the law and they must be followed. Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.”

Fines for violating an order have been increased to $1,000 per occurrence. Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.

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