This means that people and businesses who fail to comply with the Public Health Act orders in place to slow the spread of the new coronavirus could face heavy fines.
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The Edmonton Police Service said Thursday that it would focus on communication and law enforcement education. However, fines could range from $ 1,000 to $ 500,000, depending on the circumstances.
Offenders can be subject to tickets of $ 1,000 per event, according to the provincial government. Courts could impose fines of up to $ 100,000 for a first offense and up to $ 500,000 for a subsequent offense for more serious offenses.
“The fundamental goal is for all citizens to adhere to compliance with orders,” said the superintendent. Dean Hilton of EPS Pandemic Command.
“An enforcement mechanism is now available to those who demonstrate complete disregard for following orders which have been established in the interest of public safety.
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“We are in a critical health situation which requires everyone’s respect for the need to impose fines on businesses or individuals during this difficult time.”
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So what could residents and businesses be fined for? Here is a breakdown of the main violations that police, peace officers and municipal officers may be called upon to apply:
Large public gatherings
Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited. This includes indoor and outdoor gatherings, including places of worship, weddings and funerals.
14 days self-isolation
All returning international travelers must isolate themselves for 14 days, as well as anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days or until the symptoms go away, whichever is longer. The most recent symptom information can be found on the Alberta Health Services website.
Access to nursing homes
Access was restricted to all nursing homes, long-term care facilities and designated long-term care facilities, seniors’ pavilions and residential drug treatment facilities for essential visitors only.
Non-essential retail and health services
Non-essential retail businesses are prohibited from providing services in a location accessible to the public. These include clothing stores, gift, hobby, antique and specialty stores.
Non-essential health and beauty providers are also prohibited from providing services.
Leisure and entertainment
Albertans are prohibited from using all public recreational and private entertainment facilities, including gymnasiums, swimming pools and arenas, science centers, museums and art galleries, libraries, community centers , children’s play centers, bowling alley casinos, racing entertainment centers and bingo halls.
EPS has stressed that it will not issue tickets to people who carpool.
“Car pooling is allowed for families traveling together or for colleagues traveling to work together in the same vehicle,” EPS said on Thursday.
There are certain exemptions from these rules, which can be found on the Government of Alberta website.
Anyone who sees people or businesses not following the rules is asked not to call 911 but to file a complaint online.
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