Enforcing measures to stop spread of COVID-19

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, the Government of Alberta is granting law enforcement agencies to enforce public health orders and issue fines to protect the health and safety of Albertans.

This means that under “amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders.” Fines for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $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. These new fines will be in force over the coming days.

It is also now mandatory for travellers returning from outside of Canada to self-isolate. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose.

For more information, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=69918C41565BC-002C-269C-638E958E5912C37B