“The city had previously cancelled all city supported events until June 30,” Nenshi said.
“Today I’m announcing with great sadness that we’re extending that ban until Aug. 31. That means 166 events that we look forward to each year will no longer be with us.”
One of those 166 cancelled events includes the city’s largest event of the summer, the Calgary Stampede. On Thursday, officials announced the event was cancelled for the first time in more than 100 years.
The city’s announcement comes one day after Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, stated that the mass gathering ban would remain in place until the end of the summer.
The current provincial ban applies to groups of 15 or more, and also to all one-time or annual summer events, including arts and culture festivals, agricultural fairs and rodeos, major sporting championships and industry conferences.
“We’re cancelling permits for third-party events scheduled to take place in the city until Aug. 31,” Sampson said.
The city said the order will be re-evaluated in August.
Sampson also noted the need for more enforcement in Calgary as the pandemic continues.
He said the city has received a large amount of COVID-19 complaints related to business operations.
“We’re working to enforce the local state of emergency regulation and the public health orders out there,” Sampson said.
“Business licensing has had over 500 complaints through 311 in relation to COVID-19.”
Sampson said the city has issued 134 written warnings to businesses and issued a violation ticket in relation to improper licensing.
“A business was selling hand sanitizer out of the back of a vehicle in a parking lot,” he said.
“Anyone who purchased that should not use it.”
He also added that more enforcement will be seen in parks and outdoor areas across the city, noting that tickets will be given out to those who ignore the physical distancing regulations.
“We’re getting to the point where enforcement will unfold,” he said.
“We’ll also be providing increased education to citizens through a new ambassador program.”
More information on the city’s response to the physical distancing health order can be found on its website.View link »