Health officials continue to stress the importance of self-isolation and social isolation to stop the spread of COVID-19. Provinces such as Quebec, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia have given the police the power to execute certain public health orders. Law enforcement varies by province, but Alberta police are given new law enforcement powers that the Lethbridge police say they will apply.
Residents of Lethbridge, who believe they know someone who is in violation of the Public Health Act, can file a complaint online with the Alberta Health Service. In an LPS version, it indicates that complaints will be assessed by AHS and, depending on the circumstances, investigated and managed.
Lethbridge Police Chief Scott Woods said on Wednesday that police and community peace officers would be fined up to $ 1,200 per person for violating public health law.
“Large group gatherings and as long as people are not in isolation or quarantine – that sort of thing is what they want us to apply,” said Wood.
“From a police perspective, as you know, law enforcement is always one of the last things we really want to do, so we hope the people of Lethbridge and this beautiful community will do what it is necessary. “
Woods said no fines were imposed Wednesday morning, but concerns remained for officers who dealt with people who did not comply voluntarily. In some cases, individuals have threatened to cough or sneeze against police to avoid being arrested.
“People need to realize the gravity of this situation,” he said. “When dealing with the police first of all when you call us, let us know if you are not feeling well so that we can take the appropriate precautions to get there and that is not something to mislead with the police so yes – we have had a few incidents where we have had to deal with this. “
To file a complaint for a potential violation of public health law, access the Alberta Health Services Portal https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
To keep up to date with the latest Alberta government rules and regulations regarding public health prescriptions, go to https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx