In a press conference on Wednesday, March 25, Premier Kenney announced that 61 new cases of COVID 19 had been reported in the last 24 hours. Kenney admitted that the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to help prevent the spread of the virus but, he also said too many are not listening to public health orders.
"Today we are moving from asking people to act responsibly to instead using the full force of the law to legally require that people act responsibly to protect public health."
Issued under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers and police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Authorities will have the authority to issue fines starting at $1000 per occurrence.
The public health orders that will be enforced by law 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 shows COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
- Any individual who has had close contact with 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.
- 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 by unauthorized individuals.
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