Mayor Naheed Nenshi says Calgary may enter a new state of emergency after the province announced new public health restrictions on Tuesday.
The province declared a new public health state of emergency to accompany a series of restrictions aimed at reducing the rising COVID-19 cases. Prior to the announcement, Nenshi said the city would also declare a local emergency.
« When the province announces something where we could write additional orders, as we did last spring . . . then it makes a lot of sense to initiate another state of emergency, « he said.
« And honestly, if the province doesn’t go far enough, we need to consider whether we can do more in a state of emergency. ”
A local state of emergency gives the city the authority to take action quickly so that the head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency can issue orders immediately. The city last declared a state of emergency in March when the first wave of COVID-19 spiked and lasted through June.
The city council received an update from CEMA boss Tom Sampson behind closed doors on Tuesday evening.
Nenshi said he had heard signs that the province’s announcement would resolve the city’s enforcement problems. Currently, only Alberta health inspectors or law enforcement officers can impose penalties for violating public health regulations, preventing city government officials from being admitted.
But Prime Minister Jason Kenney didn’t give a definitive answer – he said the government would take a decision « later this week » on expanding those enforcement powers, which will « likely » include peace officials.
Alberta’s new restrictions also mandate masks in Edmonton and Calgary, each with thousands of active COVID-19 cases. These cities already have a statute for municipal masks that both city councils enacted months ago. The provincial government says the rules now go a step further and require face coverings at all indoor workplaces. The municipal regulations require them in every publicly accessible indoor space.
Head of Health Dr. . Deena Hinshaw warned Monday that Alberta had reached a « precarious point » with record levels of novel coronavirus infections for several days in a row, accompanied by a steady increase in patients requiring hospital and critical care.
« When things are that bad, you need to be much more restrictive. If I do it now so that companies still have the hope of saving part of their Christmas season, it makes a lot of sense to me. ”
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