Alberta man fined $1,200 for defying COVID-19 quarantine order

A Brooks, Alta. man has been fined for allegedly breaking a self-quarantine order from Alberta Health Services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

A southern Alberta man is facing a fine after defying a quarantine order from Alberta Health Services related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, officers were called to a complaint of a “suspicious male” loitering around homes and vehicles on the north end of Brooks.

Police said investigation led them to find a number of items that belonged to a man “known to have been ordered by Alberta Health Services to be in self-quarantine.” Citing privacy reasons, police were unable to provide more information on why he was ordered to self-quarantine.

About an hour later, police found the 19-year-old and escorted him home.

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The man was issued a $1,200 fine under the Alberta Public Health Act.

The officers were wearing personal protective equipment during the investigation, RCMP said on Thursday, so the officers are not required to self-isolate.

Brooks is about 190 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

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