Lac La Biche peace officers will no longer be dealing with COVID-19 related calls.
It was announced on Tuesday all public health concerns should be directed to Alberta Health Services instead of calling local peace officers.
“Now there’s no longer a public health emergency, so the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said that peace officers don’t need to worry about enforcing it anymore,” said Chris Clark, supervisor of the municipal peace officers.
“We no longer have the ability to enforce it, so now it all falls solely on Alberta Health Services to enforce and take care of all COVID-19-related calls.”
Peace officers were given the authority by Alberta Health Services to deal with public health concerns in March, and since then they have received 87 COVID-19 related complaints.
Even though the peace officers won’t directly deal with COVID-19 calls, they will still be warning the community to stay safe and follow the regulations.
“If we see people who are not social distancing, we will remind them of what Alberta Health Services recommends because that’s a public safety issue,” said Clark.
“We want people to continue to follow the proper protocol when it comes to social distancing, and other measures that can keep people safe from the potential spread of COVID-19.”
No infections have been reported in the Lac La Biche area for over three months.
For COVID-19 complaints, residents can go the Contact Environmental Public Health page to fill out a form or call 1-833-415-9179.