Innisfail town councillor resigns over COVID-19 scofflaw barbershop

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“Why do people have to choose between survival and illegal? That’s on our premier to let them . . . open legally,” said Carritt.

In the video, a few people had lined up outside the barbershop and expressed support for the business while inside, operators wearing face masks cut hair.

The owners of the business, which includes Natalie Klein, the niece of former Alberta premier Ralph Klein, have said the financial viability of the shop is threatened by the closure.

In the early afternoon, an Alberta Health Services inspector issued a closure notice to the barbershop with the threat of a $5,000 for each day it’s in violation, which Klein then chose to disobey.

“My uncle would be appalled to see these kinds of actions . . . like vultures,” she told a TV news crew in a video posted by Carritt.

“I’m going to fight for my livelihood.”

Innisfail Mayor Jim Romane said he disagrees with Carritt on the issue but never wanted him to resign.

“I do believe Mr. Carritt’s heart is in the right place but we can’t be going off on tangents against council . . . I wish we could have found something else,” said Romane.

“It got council into a bit of a pickle when he got involved with a business proposing to break the rules and the law and it’s not the direction of council.”

Public health restrictions are a challenge for many businesses, said Romane, but it’s incumbent on everyone in the province to comply.

“It’s tough on everybody in the province and the country, but the sooner we get through this, the better,” he said.

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