fundamental focus is for all citizens to adhere to compliance within the
Orders. An enforcement mechanism is now at our disposal for those who
demonstrate utter disregard to follow the Orders that have been established in
the interests of public safety,” says Supt. Dean Hilton, of the EPS Pandemic
Command. “We are experiencing a critical health situation that requires
everyone’s compliance versus a necessity to levy fines to businesses or
individuals during this challenging time.
“We’ve been called upon by the Premier and the Chief Medical officer to enforce
these orders to ensure that all Edmontonians are strictly adhering to the rules
to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.”
It is an offence under the Public Health Act to not comply with Orders
and may result in a fine ranging from $1,000 to $500,000, depending on the
circumstances. These orders will be enforced by police and peace officers,
Public complaints about non-compliance with any of the Medical Officer of
Health’s orders should be made online at: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/, and not to 911, which is for emergency situations only. This
will allow the proper response and ensure the efficient use of all resources.
Some of the main violations that police, peace and bylaw officers can be called
upon to enforce include the following:
Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited – indoors
or outdoors, including places of worship, weddings, funerals, staff meetings,
etc. that would be in person.
Everyone must be two metres away from every other person
(obviously parents of small children can be as close as they need to be to
ensure their safety, etc.) in public, and people who aren’t living in the same
household must be two metres away from each other in private spaces.
Exception: Carpooling in vehicles with two or more people does not contravene any public health order that is currently in place.
Schools and post-secondary institutions are closed to
Most daycare facilities are closed – exceptions for group
family child care, approved family day homes, and certain facilities for
children of essential service employees.
Everyone is prohibited from attending recreational and entertainment
facilities as well as bars and nightclubs where minors are prohibited by law.
Businesses that offer non-essential health services (i.e.
those that would not endanger the person’s life, health, or safety if not
immediately provided), wellness services, and any retail stores are prohibited
from offering or providing services.
Exception – essential services (those crucial
for preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning),
take-out or delivery services from food serving facilities (including delivery
of liquor by businesses with liquor licenses).
Businesses that are allowed to be open must prevent the risk
of transmission to co-workers and members of the public, maintain high levels
of hygiene, and have a rapid response plan ready if anyone develops symptoms.
Visitors are generally prohibited from attending health-care
facilities, with several specific exceptions.
Isolation – People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
exhibit any of its symptoms (unless they have tested negative and have
no known exposure) must remain in their homes – no attending work, school,
social events, or other gatherings and not using public transportation – and
stay two metres away from all people in their home at all times, for a minimum
of 10 days or later if their symptoms persist.
If police observe someone with COVID-19 symptoms outside of
that person’s home police can investigate and enforce this isolation
Quarantine – anyone who returned from international travel
or had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 must remain in their place
of residence – not attending work, school, social events, or other gatherings,
and using public transportation – for at least 14 days. During this
time they must monitor themselves for symptoms. .
If the quarantined person develops symptoms, they then become in isolation, and
the first day of their symptoms starts the first day of their minimum 10-day
For a full description of these orders,
visit Alberta Government’s website for updates at www.alberta.ca.