Alberta has announced that the government is amending the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act. Through this amendment community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders.
Today morning, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced mandatory self-isolation for travellers returning from outside of Canada from midnight.
The government has increased fines from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. The news release also states that Courts will 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.
Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
- Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
- Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
- Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
- Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
- Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
- Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.
The public can make complaints against businesses and individuals online.