Alberta announces tough enforcement measures to limit COVID-19


By Thomas I. Likness
EBC Edmonton Bureau

EDMONTON (Eagle News) — The Alberta government is getting tough with people who ignore public health orders.

Fines for violating those orders have been increased to $1,000 per occurrence. For more serious violations, the fine could go as high as $100,000 for a first offence.

These orders include mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers returning to Canada, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.

This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with COVID-19 symptoms, which consist of a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat.

Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday there will be no tolerance for people who violate restrictions around mass gatherings, public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, and visitations to long-term care and other continuing care facilities. He said they also face the steep fines.

“While the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to flatten the curve by self-isolating, practising physical distancing or helping those who are self-isolating, some are not,” said Kenney. “Self-isolation orders are not suggestions or guidelines – they are now the law and they must be followed. Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.”

“We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through this pandemic,” he added.

Meanwhile, the province reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total to 419.

(Eagle News Service)