City provides update on COVID-19-related enforcement

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City provides update on COVID-19-related enforcement

The City thanks Edmontonians for their continued efforts to follow public health orders and for playing an important part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

City of Edmonton enforcement officers are dedicated to working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) on the enforcement of Chief Medical Officer of Health orders related to provincial public health restrictions as well as enforcing the City’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw.  

Summary of enforcement – City of Edmonton

Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw (came into effect August 1, 2020)

May 31 to June 6, 2021

Tickets: 4

Warnings: 72

August 1, 2020 – June 6, 2021

Tickets: 437

Warnings: 7,335

Public Health Act 

May 31 to June 6, 2021

Tickets: 0

Warnings: 262

November 25, 2020 – June 6, 2021

 Tickets: 43

 Warnings: 797

Last week, the Government of Alberta extended the authority for the City’s peace officers to enforce Public Health Act orders until July 2, 2021. The City of Edmonton’s face coverings bylaw is in effect until Dec. 31 or until City Council repeals the bylaw. Officers will continue to enforce the municipal bylaw until it is no longer in force. 

Officers continue to focus on educating Edmontonians who aren’t wearing face coverings on the potential impacts of their decision on the health of others around them. When officers see someone not wearing a face covering, they will often offer a free mask as a first response. If these tactics do not work, enforcement and fines are considered. Enforcement has been ramped up at different phases throughout the pandemic.

A dedicated team of City of Edmonton enforcement officers, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and partners from AHS, the Edmonton Police Service and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety have joined forces to create the Health Safety Compliance Team. 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

Public Health Act

May 31 to June 6, 2021

Tickets: 0  

November 25, 2020 – June 6, 2021

Tickets: 132

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.

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