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Public Health Orders to be enforced by law agencies

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The Province of Alberta has granted law agencies the full authority to enforce public Health order and issue fines.
This means that police and some community peace officers will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 Public Health Orders. Currently, these include self-isolation for 14 days following travel outside the country as well as people with close contact with those with confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose.
“We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through this pandemic. While the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to flatten the curve by self-isolating, practicing physical distancing or helping those who are self-isolating, some are not,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “Self-isolation orders are not suggestions or guidelines – they are now the law and they must be followed. Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.”
Through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines now administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations. These new fines will be in force over the coming days.
“The chief medical officer of health has the full cooperation of community peace officers and local policing to ensure Albertans comply with orders. Albertans’ health is and will always be our top priority, and we will use all necessary enforcement measures to ensure Albertans take this situation seriously by self-isolating and limiting mass gatherings,” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
•Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
•Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
•Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
•Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
•Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars, and nightclubs is prohibited.
•Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.

Landfill remains open

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The Town of Drumheller is reminding residents the landfill is still open, despite the recycling program being cancelled.
 Last week it was announced the Drumheller and Region Recycling Program in Drumheller and the communities served by the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association was cancelled indefinitely. Residents are asked to put their recycling in normal household waste.
 “We encourage citizens not to hold on to recycling. We will monitor overflow waste and if required, we will increase the frequency of garbage collections,” states a release.
 Amid the concerns of the COVID-19, the Drumheller and District Landfill is still open and maintaining hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30.p.m.
At this time it is only accepting card payments. No cash will be taken.

Spring has sprung for kindergaten students

Even with classes cancelled, learning continues. Greentree School Kindergarten classes were encouraged to watch for signs of spring.

Nadellys Cattle Report 3 19

Nadelly and Austin's cattle report on the first day of spring was 9 males and 9 females. They are now up to 30 calves!

Nadellys Calf Tag Numbers

Nadelly has been busy practicing her numbers that are on the calf ear tags.

 

 Avas Egg

Teacher Mrs. Cassidy spotted an Easter egg on Ava and Carson Bredin's front lawn. These are sure great signs that spring is on the way!  

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