Province grants more peace officers power to enforce COVID-19 rules

Province grants more peace officers power to enforce COVID-19 rules

There were five additional deaths, bringing the province's total to 524.

"We are not asking these officers to stop cold their day-to-day priorities or to harass responsible Albertans going about their everyday lives", Justice Minister Kaycee Madu said Friday, as Alberta reported 1,227 new COVID-19 cases and nine more deaths. Starland County remains with four and the County of Stettler is up two for a total of six active cases.

He said he was looking to allow peace officers to dole out fines to rule-breakers.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical health officer, answered questions about her November 24 meeting with the Alberta cabinet.

The NDP has called on Kenney to release all the recommendations Hinshaw has delivered to his cabinet sub-committee to determine to what degree it is following her advice.

New provincial rules introduced Tuesday restrict outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, and many municipalities including Calgary have bylaws making the use of face coverings mandatory in many settings, though the city's bylaw does not require mask use outdoors.

There were also questions about AHS and available ICU beds.

Hinshaw has found herself at the centre of a political firestorm in the legislature over the best way for Alberta to combat its surging infection rate.

To date, 355 Albertans are in hospital with COVID-19, including 71 in intensive care.

Currently, 89 Alberta schools are on the watch list.

"We're now at a critical point in our society with COVID-19 cases soaring, therefore a time for education has passed, those who are flagrantly violating the orders and bylaws will be ticketed".

Hinshaw will provide another update on November 26, 2020.

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