Calgary bylaw officers issued 135 physical distancing warnings last weekend

May 20 2020, 1:52 pm

This past long weekend was a warm one out here in Calgary, meaning that there were plenty of people out and about enjoying the sunshine.

Given that we’re still experiencing a global pandemic, the City of Calgary continues to enforce physical distancing rules in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

According to a release from the city, bylaw officers issued a total of 135 warnings over the weekend, the result of 279 visible patrols.

The city has been trying to focus on an education-first way of handling those who aren’t following public health measures, and though there were a large number of warnings, the release notes that no actual tickets had to be given out in regards to physical distancing.

Five tickets were issued relating to consuming alcohol in public, however.

According to the release, the majority of the patrols were conducted at Bowness Skate Park, New Brighton Skate Park, Shaw Millennium Skate Park, Stanley Park, Eau Claire Promenade, Nose Hill Off Leash Dog Park, Sue Higgins Off Leash Dog, and Edworthy Park.

“For the most part, we saw very good compliance with people trying to stay as safe as possible but still enjoy the weekend,” said CEMA Chief Tom Sampson in the release.

“However, there is always room for improvement. We can’t let up on that physical distance of two metres; even with a slight relaxation on outdoor gatherings, that two metres is not optional.”

The provincial government eased limitations on outdoor gatherings from 15 people max to 50 as of last week, though those attending still need to abide by physical distancing measures.

Calgary’s bylaw officers investigate reports of social distancing violations concerning groups of fewer than 50 people, while the Calgary Police Service handles reports of gatherings larger than 50 people.

The City is also asking parents of small children to ensure that their children are not using skate parks as playgrounds.