City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure the enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.
The Temporary COVID-19 Face Covering Ordinance came into effect on August 1, 2020. On Monday, December 11, Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw until December 2021 and increased fines for failure to wear a face covering and for repeat offenses within a 12-month period.
The enforcement of the temporary bylaw resulted in:
- 134 violation tickets for failing to wear a face covering where required since 1 August 2020
- Of those, 21 infringement tickets have been issued since 14 January 2021.
- One ticket was issued for failure to display prescribed signs in an entrance to a public indoor space. This is the only ticket of this nature issued since 1 August 2020.
The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:
- 167 violation tickets since 24 November 2020
- Violation tickets issued since January 14, 2021 were reported as outcomes of investigations on January 7, 2021, while 30 additional concerns are currently being investigated.
The increase in violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required due to non-compliance on transit vehicles.
City business license inspectors and partners from AHS, CPS, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, 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 conducts regular inspections. Any non-essential business operating in violation of the PHA can face multiple fines and the possibility of suspension or revocation of their business license along with the charges.
The City of Calgary’s top priority remains the health and safety of Calgarians.
Where violations are suspected, Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or 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 at Calgary.ca/covid19.
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