The province might be easing COVID-19 restrictions across Alberta, but that doesn’t mean physical distancing requirements aren’t still in place.
The City of Calgary announced in a release that they had issued 83 coronavirus-related warnings over the past weekend, as well as three tickets given out, one of which was specifically for not physical distancing.
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The City’s bylaw officers also issued 32 verbal warnings regarding open liquor and public consumption of alcohol, 19 regarding off-leash dogs, and 11 for things like bylaw concerns, bird feeding, and golfing in parks, the release states.
“Our bylaw officers work very hard to educate and/or provide verbal warnings to folks who are not following public health orders or city bylaws,” said Deputy Chief Sue Henry in the release.
“Our position since the beginning of this emergency was to educate first to encourage appropriate behaviour and only issue tickets in the most egregious circumstances.”
Roughly 16% of all calls to Calgary’s 311 number were coronavirus-related, the release states, with 128 related to Calgarians not following public health orders.
Of these 128 calls, 59 were related to physical distancing in public, 26 for physical distancing in private areas, 22 regarding public gatherings of less than 14 people, and 21 about physical distancing on fields and playgrounds.
Bylaw officer spoke with over 2,200 Calgarians over the weekend, the result of 189 visible patrols.
“Safety was still our top priority over the weekend,” said Henry in the release.
“The Public Health Orders requiring no gatherings over 15 and maintaining two metres of physical distance were still in place.”