City undertakes education before enforcement during pandemic

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Staying home, whenever possible, is the direction from every level of government and medical officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here in Leduc, Community Peace Officers will be out patrolling the community to ensure citizens and businesses are following the direction of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Province of Alberta of no public gatherings of 15 people or more, closure of non-essential businesses, and the practice of physical distancing of 6 ft. or 2 metres from others. For businesses that remain open, they’ll be required to ensure proper risk mitigation measures are in place, including physical distancing, as directed by health authorities.

Local law enforcement will be travelling throughout the community to help educate residents and businesses on the important measures in place by Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta, designed to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. These include:

  • Stress the importance of staying home to help safeguard themselves and loved ones
  •  If residents aren’t able to stay home, please practice physical distancing of 6 ft. or 2 metres from others
  • If unwell or experiencing symptoms, self-isolate at home and limit interactions with your loved ones to help prevent the spread within your home
  • Personal hygiene is paramount to help prevent the spread. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands and cough/sneeze into a tissue or elbow

Per Alberta’s Solicitor General, Community Peace Officers now have the ability to issue warnings and violations to those who choose to ignore the essential guidelines as outlined in the Public Health Order:

  • Fines for individuals and businesses – up to $1,200 per violation
  • Courts will have the ability to enforce fines up to $100,000 on a first offence and up to $500,000 for secondary and subsequent offences

For more information on the city’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, please visit Leduc.ca/COVID-19 or visit the Government of Alberta’s website at Alberta.ca. If you witness a violation of the Public Health Order, AHS has made an online reporting tool available to the public, or you can contact the Leduc RCMP at 780-980-RCMP (780-980-7267).

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The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, please check the city’s website for ongoing updates (Leduc.ca/COVID-19). The City of Leduc has taken immediate action to keep our community safe under the direction of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mariann Tobin, Corporate Communications Officer
780–935-6540 (cell)
mtobin@leduc.ca