Public Service Announcement
City provides update on increased COVID-19-related enforcement
The City thanks Edmontonians and businesses for their continued efforts to follow public health orders and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Edmonton’s enforcement officers are dedicated to enforcing the Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders related to AHS public health restrictions as well as the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. Enforcement has been ramped up at different phases throughout the pandemic. Since tougher health restrictions were introduced at the end of November, City enforcement officers have issued 225 per cent more tickets than between August and November of last year.
Summary of enforcement – City of Edmonton (source: City of Edmonton public dashboard)
Education, compassion, persuading people to put on a mask or face covering, or offering a mask are still the first tactics used by enforcement officers in every interaction with a member of the public. If these tactics do not gain compliance, enforcement and fines are considered.
A dedicated team of City of Edmonton enforcement officers, Edmonton Fire Rescue and partners from AHS, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) have teamed up to create the Health Safety Compliance Team (HSCT). The City’s enforcement officers work jointly with this team to evaluate and respond to citizen complaints related to public health restrictions that come in from 311, online systems and other channels.
Summary of enforcement – Edmonton Police Service
To submit a face covering bylaw complaint or physical distancing concern, please fill out the online form. To report concerns of public health orders issued by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, call 1-833-415-9179 or use their online form.
City of Edmonton enforcement numbers are also shared on the City of Edmonton public dashboard