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City of Delta may issue tickets, fines for people who fail to follow social distancing rules

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm PDT

Delta City Hall (Courtesy City of Delta)
Summary

Council in Delta is looking to follow Vancouver's lead in beefing up the powers for bylaw officers during the pandemic

Council will discuss amending bylaws to allow bylaw officers to issue tickets for people who don't social distance

A special council meeting has been called for Wednesday

DELTA (NEWS 1130) — Delta wants to give its bylaw officers the power to ticket and fine people who don’t comply with social distancing orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special council meeting has been called for Wednesday, in which the council will discuss amending bylaws to allow bylaw officers to issue tickets and fines for people not following social distancing rules.

“We are beyond the point of asking people nicely to comply with orders to protect public health,” Delta Mayor George Harvie says. “I want to be clear: now is the time to stay home and help save lives.”

The City of Delta is under a State of Local Emergency.

On Monday, Vancouver council unanimously approved special measures, which include fines up to $1,000 for individuals failing to honour safety orders to stand at least two metres away from anyone else during the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses can also be fined up to $50,000 for violating COVID-19 related orders.