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Edmonton Officers Arrested & Fined Someone $1,200 This Week Under Social Distancing Orders

A business also got dinged the same amount.
Social Distancing Ticket In Edmonton For $1200 Was Handed Out This Week To One Person

Alberta is officially cracking the whip on social distancing orders. For the first time since announcing fines, someone just got a social distancing ticket in Edmonton. The city confirmed the individual got dinged $1,200 for breaking orders by the provincial medical health officer.

City of Edmonton spokesperson Ashish Mohan confirmed to Narcity that peace officers arrested one person on Sunday, April 12, near the Southgate Transit Centre.

They were charged with "contravening the order of the Medical Officer of Health," and slapped with the fine by Edmonton Police Services.

Violations include not self-isolating after either testing positive, displaying symptoms, contacting a positive case, or returning from travel. Gathering in crowds of more than 50 people is also a big no-no.

This marks the first arrest and ticketing of an individual since $1,000 fines were first introduced on a provincial level on Wednesday, March 25.

Later, Edmonton officials were ready to enforce the orders with fines between $1,000 and $500,000 depending on the circumstances.

To investigate rule-breakers, the City has put together a health compliance task team made up of city municipal enforcement and peace officers, Edmonton police and fire rescue services, and public health inspectors.

They've already gotten 409 complaints about people breaking public health orders. As of Friday, April 17, the team investigated 347 complaints and issued just one individual a ticket, per CBC News.

According to Mohan, they've also ticketed a gym for "violating business closures orders" on April 10 for $1,200. The name of the business was not given.

If you have "physical distancing concerns," you can report it through their 311 number or through their online system.

Alberta also set up a complaint line for people violating social distancing orders, which saw tons of use over the past weeks. Thousands have called in to report on people not social distancing or businesses breaking orders.

All the reports ended up closing several businesses throughout the province.

It's not just Edmonton that's fining people now. Calgary officers are also starting to dish out fines for people who don't social distance.

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