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Nenshi says businesses defying health orders could have licenses revoked

Last Updated Apr 9, 2021 at 1:15 pm MDT

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks to media at city hall as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and speculation grows about a possible lockdown in Alberta. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s mayor says businesses that don’t adhere to the new COVID-19 restrictions could have their licenses revoked.

Naheed Nenshi made the remarks during a press conference Friday morning for a new artificial turf field to be built out the Genesis Centre in northeast Calgary.

The mayor was responding to news that some restaurants and gyms will not follow the latest restrictions announced Tuesday over fears they could shut down for good.

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He hopes, though, the city will not have to resort to revoking licenses.

“Ultimately, the initial enforcement in the cases of businesses that are violating public health orders does fall to Alberta Health Services,” Nenshi said. “Our bylaw and peace officers also have a role in enforcement and our business licensing department can also get engaged. So, we’re looking at a full realm of possibilities.”

The province recently moved back to step 1 of its path forward relaunch strategy which closes restaurants for in-person service and only allows gyms and fitness studios to operate only for one-on-one training.

Nenshi said if you don’t like the new restrictions you can write a nasty letter to the premier, but you need to follow the law.

He added business owners should consider what their decisions mean in the long term.

“I, for sure, know, that I would not patronize any business that flagrantly put other peoples health at risk.”