To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement, such as community peace officers and police, have been granted full authority to enforce COVID-19 public health orders and issue fines.
Public health orders that are subject to fines include:
+ Returning travellers who must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days upon their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
+ Any individual who has been identified by Alberta Health Services as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
+ Any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose, not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, must also go into mandatory self-isolation.
+ Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 15 attendees.
+ Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
+ Visitation to longer-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.
Fines, now administered through tickets, for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence.
Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence. Legislation to enable these fines will be put in place over the coming days.
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