Calgary officials to outline impact of new health measures at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

CALGARY — Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) officials will provide an update on the impacts new provincial health orders will have on city services at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

CEMA Chief Sue Henry and Mayor Naheed Nenshi are scheduled to speak, along with Chief Bylaw Officer Ryan Pleckaitis.

The province announced strict new measures coming into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday as part of an effort to lower the spread of COVID-19. Those will see restaurants and bars closed to in-person dining and the temporary shuttering of personal wellness places like hair salons, nail salons, massage and tattoo parlours.

Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are also banned effective immediately, however Albertans are allowed to go for walks, skate or do other outdoor activities in small groups, provided there is spacing between people.

Close contact is limited to members of your household only. Those who live alone can designate up to two close contacts, who are allowed to visit.

Masks are also now mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Alberta.

Places like casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions and private clubs will also be closed.

The new measures will be in effect for the next four weeks.

City officials earlier declared a state of local emergency and the province declared a state of public health emergency.

That gives Calgary bylaw and police officers the power to ticket people not following the rules. The fine for not wearing a mask is $50 and the fine for not following public health orders is $1,200, which could also include a court appearance, where a fine of up to $100,000 can be imposed.

Alberta announced 1,727 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There are 654 people in hospital, with 112 of those in ICU. There have been 640 deaths associated with the novel coronavirus.

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