City of Calgary provides update on coronavirus relaunch

May 27 2020, 5:53 pm

Things are starting to get back to some semblance of normal here in Calgary.

The second phase of Stage 1 of the province’s Relaunch Strategy was enacted in Calgary and Brooks on May 25, seeing some cafes, pubs, restaurants, bars, hair salons, and barbershops reopening.

Retail stores, golf courses, daycares, and more had been previously reopened earlier this month as well, and coronavirus cases continue to trend downwards throughout the province.

The reopenings, and the decline in new cases day-by-day, are directly linked to how well Albertans can abide by the current public health orders, and this past weekend apparently saw Calgarians doing a solid job of just that.

According to a release from the City of Calgary, no tickets were handed out for Public Health Act violations over the past weekend, and Peace Officer and Park Ambassadors’ observations were “overwhelmingly positive.”

Of the 190 visible patrols conducted by city officers over the weekend, 142 verbal warnings were issued, as physical distancing issues were still found around skateparks and in Eau Claire due to the large number of visitors.

The city is asking Calgarians to continue avoiding Eau Claire Promenade, Prince’s Island Park, Sue Higgins Dog Park, and Nose Hill Park.

City Park Ambassadors spoke with a total of 10,372 people over the weekend who had been enjoying Calgary’s parks and pathways.

The city also received 64 calls reporting concerns of Calgarians not abiding by the public health order.

A total of 21 calls were also received by the city’s Business Licence branch, which conducted 32 inspections and issued one warning.

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